Midfielder Jordan Rossiter spoke to the press after Saturday’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Oxford at the Kassam Stadium in Sky Bet League One.
Rossiter – who played in the middle of a central three at the Kassam Stadium – proved to be relentless in terms of his pressing throughout the afternoon and, after the game, praised the work rates of all of his teammates to keep the side in the game after the early Charlie Mulgrew red card.
Here’s what Rossiter had to say:
On the game…
“I think the boys were absolutely superb today. We were unfortunate to have a sending off early for Charlie [Mulgrew] but thought we could have maybe nicked it at the end - these things happen in football.
“There was only one team at the end there pushing to get a goal and they were scrapping so a first-class performance from the boys and there’s a lot of positives to take from the game.
“We know it’s been a tough time lately - the results haven’t been good enough. The performances haven’t been good enough, but you’ve got a great set of people in and about the changing rooms who want to put things right and really want to push towards the end of the season and get up that table.”
On the character of the team…
“It’s a top group of lads in there - we were working for each other. It’s tough going down to ten men but I thought we had enough of the play in the second half and could’ve maybe nicked it.
“It’s a tough time but I can assure you that everyone is fighting to put that right in that changing room at the minute. There’s no game next Tuesday, we’ll be working to put it right on the training ground for Bristol Rovers next week.
“Anyone that the gaffer Wilesy [Simon Wiles] puts out, they’re going to try our best to put in a good performance. We know results haven’t been great and we’re not going to hide away from it. I think we can take confidence from that performance and we just need to have a good go now until the end of the season.”