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Grayson: Luck isn’t going our way at the moment

20 November 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press after Saturday afternoon’s narrow defeat to Morecambe at Highbury.

After the Shrimps took an early lead through Callum Jones’ strike, Callum Johnson’s second-half chance looked to have earned Fleetwood a point, however, Cole Stockton’s effort from range saw the visitors take home all three points.

Here’s what Grayson had to say:

On the game…

“We’re hugely disappointed, to lose a local derby match in the manner that we did is really disappointing and frustrating. We didn’t ask too many questions of their defence, but there wasn’t too much in the game - we needed to do better.

“We needed more intensity with the ball and needed to move it quicker, but also when we’re out of possession, we need to show a bit more of that intensity and close people down a little bit more.

“In the second half, we were better at doing all of those things and the substitutions made a big difference. If you get the goal, all of a sudden, you’re asking questions of them, and it looked like we were going to get the next goal.

“The team has to keep doing the things that we’re doing because they are a good group. It’s a really hurt dressing room with the result, luck just isn’t going our way at the moment. We know where we are as a club, we know where we are as individuals, but we will keep working hard and make sure that we improve and get better.”

On turning our fortunes around…

“It looked like we were going to win it in the last few minutes after we scored, as we created some real chances that just went past the post, but it didn't quite drop for us, football is a cruel sport at times.

“When you think it’s going to be a 1-1 draw, which we’d have probably taken given where we were, he goes and scores from there. You’ve got to dig deep when things aren’t always going your way and that’s what we’ve got to do, individually myself and my staff, the players, we’ve all got to assess what we’re doing.

“I'm really hurt, we're all desperate to do really well and stop this run of form that we're in, and only hard work will do that and being brave and being positive, which we certainly will be with the players, and as you can imagine it's a pretty downbeat dressing room at the moment."

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