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Grayson: We had a good performance collectively as a team

24 July 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the club after his side played out a goalless draw against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Saturday.

Both sides were able to create chances throughout the game, but Grayson was more than happy with the way the players applied themselves against a strong Saints side after an intense training week in Inverclyde, managing to come away with a clean sheet against the double cup winners.

Here’s what the gaffer had to say in his interview:

On the game…

“It was a real good test for us, they are a team who are starting their season next week and are going into a European game against Galatasaray. We are a week behind them and are coming off the back of a tough week in Ayrshire so, overall, we had a good performance collectively as a team, but we also had some individual ones as well.

“We are in good shape in terms of the physical condition of the players and today, we had a good game against a good team.

“We’ve worked a lot on out-of-possession stuff over the last couple of days and you could see that today. The shape was good, and we didn’t concede too many opportunities and those are things to put in place for the rest of the season.

On the squad…

“We went from 45 minutes for players at Radcliffe, to 60 at Rochdale, so we had that progression again today as they got around 75-80 minutes and the young ones, who came on today, have been with us all week and they haven’t looked out of place.

“The senior lads needed some more minutes in their legs, but the young ones came on and affected the game as they know they are still playing for a place at the start of the season if they keep pushing the more experienced players – more credit to them.

“It’s part of our club’s philosophy that you get into the Under-23s squad to then push the first-team players, they aren’t just there to make up the numbers. I do genuinely feel that we have a good group of players, with some of them already representing their countries and are as fit as anyone else physically.”

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