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Murray: Defeat difficult to take

Coach reacts after Lancashire FA Cup defeat

11 April 2018


Murray: Defeat difficult to take

Coach reacts after Lancashire FA Cup defeat

11 April 2018

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Fleetwood Town's coach Paul Murray says he was disappointed to lose to Bury in Wednesday night’s Lancashire FA Senior Cup Final.

Murray’s side lost 4-2, despite an early goal from Ged Garner. Joe Adams and Chris Maguire both scored twice for The Shakers, before Dan Mooney netted a late consolation strike.  

Here is what the development coach had to say… 

On the match…

"I am gutted if I am being honest with the result.

"For their third goal, whether it was in or out, we need to play to the whistle and when it went 3-1 to Bury, it killed the game.

"We got back into the game late on, but for we were weren't at full tilt and we weren't as individuals on it 100%."

On the opening 15 minutes and the substitute of Ged Garner…

"I thought Ged started off the game really well.

"Unfortunately he has broken his jaw and dislodged some of his teeth so it is a very nasty injury for him to pick up.

"I was pleased for him to get his goal, it was a corner played short and one we've got a routine going and he was very clever to Cryuff the ball home for the opener.

"At 1-0 up early doors, it was a great start, but the game slid away from us."

On staying in the game and waiting for the one opportunity…

"The one thing we have done is grind out games out and defend very well as a team.

"Tonight, Oxford gave us two or three problems with the ball coming into the box, but we have defended them well.

"Alex Cairns has made two great saves when we were under the cosh, which has kept us in the game. It's another clean sheet, and one we had to work really hard for.

"We got that one chance late on, and it was a goal well worthy of winning any game."

On the penalty for Bury…

"It was a certain penalty for them for my view.

"We needed to clear the ball away better in our box and we have to get a better side foot connection on the ball.

"It either goes up in the air or it clears the distance so we have time to react, we haven't done that and it came to the edge and he has run into the box.

"As I said, it was a clear penalty."

On playing to the whistle…

"Of course my players have to carry on playing until the whistle.

"The officials might make an error, and we've got to expect the worse. It was a shoddy goal to concede and a disappointing one.

"And with the fourth goal, their guy just curls it into the top corner when we have people around him.

"Dan Mooney played 90 minutes yesterday for out on loan as was brought into the game early, but he did well in the 70 plus minutes he played tonight.

"I am just really gutted."

On looking forward to the future…  

"It was discussed before kick-off that players could push for a place the first squad with only four games remaining.

"The gaffer was here with the chairman and they had an opportunity tonight to push for a place. The first team should be safe now which is brilliant.

"I don't believe players took their chance, but that is football and you have to prove to the manager that you deserve a start, and push on and be a first team regular. 

"We go again next season."

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