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Wiles: I’m pleased with what the players showed me tonight

12 January 2021

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Interim head coach Simon Wiles spoke to the club after his side narrowly lost to Hull City in the Papa John's Trophy on Tuesday evening.

Town had a two-goal lead but unfortunately conceded three goals in the last 12 minutes including a long-range strike as the final kick of the game as Town exited the cup competition.

Here’s what he had to say:

On the game….

“It’s a tough finish to watch, but to be totally honest I thought the way we played and the way we applied our intensity we have been speaking about in the last couple of days, I thought especially in the first half we were very, very good.

“On the whole, result aside, I’m pleased with what the players showed me tonight. I’m really pleased, there’s a lot of positives to take away as it gives us a good platform on the way we want to move forward.

“It’s great to see the young lads like Ryan Rydel, James Hill, and Shayden Morris out there on the pitch and also youngsters on the bench who have come through the system. I thought Shayden Morris was great tonight, he kept the ball well and was consistently a threat.”

On the squad…

“Games like these are always good experiences for them despite the way the game panned out. Nights like these are really important for them in their footballing careers.

“There are still lots of players either isolating or with injuries, so the squad is only going to get stronger, and I’m sure with a full bill of health we’re going to be ready to compete with the teams in our league.”

On the emergency ‘keeper situation….

“We got a phone call this morning to tell us Alex Cairns had symptoms and he was struggling so the staff all pulled together to get a goalkeeper to come between the posts and fortunately enough we got Joe Hilton in from Blackburn Rovers.

“We’re happy for him to come here and get the experience and I’m sure he’ll learn a lot from tonight’s game. We just have to be patient with Alex Cairns but it’s also exciting for the club to have Joel Coleman coming back.”

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