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Grayson: The players put their bodies on the line

10 April 2021


Grayson: The players put their bodies on the line

10 April 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press after Saturday afternoon’s 1-0 win over Rochdale at Highbury Stadium.

The Cod Army created chances all the way through the game and eventually took the lead in the second half when Wes Burns’ cross flew past Rochdale goalkeeper Jay Lynch after a deflection off Eoghan O’Connell’s leg.

Here’s what he had to say:

On the game…

“Today was a game where we had to be on it out of possession, making sure you stop the opposition from playing. We changed the system today because we thought that there might be a way of winning another football match, something different.

“It was a difficult game because the pitch was really lively, it wasn’t easy to pass the ball around but ultimately, we’ve defended well. I don’t know if Cairnsy [Alex Cairns] has had a shot to save. It just shows you that if you keep clean sheets and get goals at the other end you’ve got a great chance of winning games.

“Of course, we could play better with the ball but at this stage of the season it’s about results but also the pitches that we play on aren’t great at the moment so that can affect how you play sometimes.”

On the defence…

“We’ve got to have the right balance. We want to make sure that we’re hard to play against when we’re out of possession, players put their bodies on the line, and credit to them they’ve done that. Callum Connolly is in there with a broken nose, and at this stage of the season, it’s nice to see.

“He [Callum Connolly] is a warrior, I think the only way Callum doesn’t play is if he manages to do something to his legs and that’s how it should be as defenders. You’re there putting your bodies on the line.

“I was a defender, and you take great satisfaction in clean sheets and to have that record [third fewest goals conceded in League One this season] is fantastic for the players. If you’re not playing too well with the ball and fortune comes your way like last week and even today, we were a bit lucky it was an own goal, but if you’ve got a clean sheet then it’s a good place to be.”

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