Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press after Saturday afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.
Ryan Hardie gave the hosts the lead in the first half when he volleyed past Alex Cairns. Town responded just before the breakthrough Callum Camps, who poked home Danny Andrew’s pinpoint cross. Shayden Morris came close to giving Town the lead in the second half, but it wasn’t to be in a closely fought contest.
Here's what Grayson had to say:
On the game…
“We’re pleased to get a point, it was a long trip for us yesterday, a big crowd, a big football club in this division and it’s a tough place to come. They started the game well, got an early goal but we didn’t let that affect us too much.
“We responded really well, and we had some good opportunities. In the first half, we needed to take a little bit more care of the ball when we had the chance on the counterattack which we worked on all week but again, we showed lots of spirit when we had to defend and good quality at the top end of the pitch. Overall, it was probably a fair result for both teams.
“In the first half when we did get the first and second pass in, we looked a threat going forward but that was even better in the second half and after they scored.”
On the team…
“He (Callum Camps) did really well last year. I think he got a dozen goals before the turn of the year, so Camps has been desperate to get on the score sheet. We knew that the wide areas were key and against wings, you’ve got to try and get your full-backs involved and make it two versus one, and Danny (Andrew) has got that quality to put a great ball in for Callum to finish it off. I think it was about what we deserved over the course of the game.
“I think there is more to come from the whole group. I think the players that are coming back from injury, Callum for example had dislocated his shoulder on the last game of the season so he’s had to work hard in pre-season.
“We’re a young group making mistakes. For the first goal, we certainly could have done better with that. You don’t allow someone like Hardie the space and time to run into and finish like he did, but we’re a young group and we have to keep learning to try and make sure we don’t replicate those mistakes in the future.”