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Grayson: There’s positives to take from today

6 February 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the media after his side drew with Bristol Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

Fleetwood started the brighter of the two but weren’t able to break the deadlock despite Paddy Madden’s best effort forcing a save out the oppositions’ goalkeeper early in the second half.

Despite chances at both end of the pitch, the defensive displays from both sides meant the points would be shared on the day.

Here’s what he had to say…

On the game…

“The difference between the game today was in comparison to the first fifteen minutes, we had the possession, but we didn’t quite get the breaks which didn’t allow us to get that first goal which gave them stability and a chance to sit deep.

“From their point coming off the back of a 6-1 loss the next thing you do is to ensure it doesn’t happen again which made us test their frailties, we did that early on, but we didn’t get the early goal and we looked nervous in possession at times and not near the level I know we can play.”

“The players always asked questions of their defence and it worked well at times we got a few crosses in the box, they were quite unsettled, but we gave them a chance to get settled and sometimes we played the game too literally and we didn’t want to do that.”

On the defensive stability…

“Clean sheets always give you a base to play on and our players certainly put their bodies on the line. I thought we defended well, especially Harrison Holgate, he’s into the early stage of his career and I thought he did really well.

“There’s positives to take from today, after the game we spoke in our dressing room we got better as the game went on as it starts but with confidence results will come as our players were quite safe today and we’re trying to back up one end of the pitch by being creative at the other.

“I thought Dan [Batty] did well, he did everything I expected him to do, he was confident and composed on the ball, he won tackles and won the all the second balls. He’s definitely going to be someone who improves between now and the end of the season.”

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