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Grayson: It’s probably been the best we’ve played

24 April 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press after his side beat Doncaster Rovers 1-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

Grayson oversaw the Cods getting winning ways after a goal from forward Barrie McKay proved to be the difference in Yorkshire. The Scotsman dribbled down the left before calmly placing the ball underneath the goalkeeper, earning Town all three points.

Here’s what he had to say:

On the result…

“I’m really pleased, I thought it was a really good professional performance. I thought the shape was good, we went to a back four today as we’re down to the bare bones of the squad, but we limited Doncaster who can be very good on their day.

“When we look back at the overall picture of the game, it’s probably been the best we’ve played, we were comfortable in our defensive and how we attacked as well.

“They had very few opportunities, probably the only criticism I’ve got is that there wasn’t a few more goals for us. We were really professional, I said if we had the right attitude, we had a really great chance of winning this game today and we did that.”

On the performances from the players…

“At 1-0, the game is still in the balance isn’t it even into the last seconds where they get a free kick so we want to be more ruthless when we get into the top end of the pitch, put games to bed and be two or three nil up so we can relax but I think the attitude was spot on and is probably what won us the game today.

“We were delighted with how many chances we limited them to because we know they’ve got some good, talented players and they’ve been up at the top end of the division for a long time. Just recently they’ve had a poor run of results, but they’ve still got players that can hurt you if you give them time.

“Our midfield three were really on top of them, the energy in the tackles and then we were able to counterattack against them. The back four defended like they had to and it’s another clean sheet because we’ve been very good in that department recently.”

On the goal...

“We spoke about it at half time actually, we didn’t want the goalkeeper to kick it as far and to try and drop it in to Campsy [Callum Camps] and as it happened he did.

“Campsy comes inside, out to [Barrie] McKay on the other side who grew into the game and certainly looked a major threat when he was getting the ball and running at people so great goal, could’ve had a few more.

“We asked the players before the game to treat it as if it was the first game of the season, yes it’s difficult to do that when you know there’s two weeks left, four games to go but the mental approach was fantastic. I think I’ve got a real good group in there that are really professional, drive each other along and when you get a result like today it shows that football is sometimes about how you approach games and not totally what you can do with the ball.”


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