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Grayson: It was a frustrating afternoon

20 March 2021


Grayson: It was a frustrating afternoon

20 March 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press after Fleetwood Town’s 2-0 defeat to Swindon Town.

The Cod Army went a goal down in the early stages of the game when Scott Twine fired past goalkeeper Alex Cairns, before doubling his tally in the second half. Fleetwood battled throughout creating chances for both Ged Garner and Kyle Vassell but neither were able to convert.

Here’s what Grayson had to say:

On the game…

“When you’ve been on the run like we’ve been on and you lose a game, it’s disappointing because it’s something we’ve not done a lot since I’ve been at this club. We did emphasise to the players that this was probably going to be the hardest game in this period of time given that it’s a team that is struggling and fighting for their lives.

“When you give a team that is fighting and scrapping for their lives an early goal, it gives them some belief, confidence, and something to hang on to. We didn’t play well enough without the ball and with the ball and we probably deserved what we got today.

“They played well the other night, so I kept the same team, but I think our energy levels were down. When you have too many players having average games, that contributes to an average team performance and I think that’s what it was today.”

On Fleetwood’s chances…

“We were a lot better in the second half, we had a lot more controlled possession, but we probably could’ve still been playing tomorrow and not looked like we were going to score or take the chances that came along.

“We’ve spoken a lot since I’ve been at the club about fine margins and over the last few weeks the fine margins have gone our way potentially and today it didn’t. You expect that [Ged Garner’s shot] to hit the inside of the post and go in or it hits the post and comes back to one of your players and you put it in and unfortunately, it didn’t do either for us.

“We got into some decent areas, but the attacks just fizzled out or we didn’t work the goalkeeper enough. It was just a frustrating afternoon. If we had made it 2-1, I think we would have had our tails up and we could’ve got something out of the game, but it probably just summed up our performance today.”

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