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Grayson: We’ve looked a real threat but tonight wasn't the case

19 October 2021


Grayson: We’ve looked a real threat but tonight wasn't the case

19 October 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press after Tuesday evening’s narrow defeat to Burton Albion at Highbury.

Conor Shaughnessy’s inswinging corner which made its way into the back of the net was the only goal of the game. Despite a valiant second-half response from Town, who came close on multiple occasions – most notably Callum Johnson’s late close-range header –  it was the visitors who snatched all three points.

Here's what Grayson had to say:

On the game…

“The conditions weren’t great, it was there for both teams. We matched them at times when we had to go and win second balls. If anything, we sort of got dragged into playing their way a little bit, rushing it at times and not playing like we can do.

"There was nothing much in the first half apart from when he scored and then we had to manage the game in the first half to get to half time with one-nil at the very worst because they had a couple of good chances.

“We knew we’d have the wind behind us in the second half. We asked questions of them without having that real quality, that final pass, that final cross into the box which we’ve done really well so far this season. We’ve looked a real threat when we’ve been going forward and scoring lots of goals but tonight wasn’t the case.

"We just then didn't get the balls into the box that we needed or worked it into the striker's feet to cause them problems. I thought they defended well, but we didn't particularly contribute too much to make it difficult for them."

On finding different ways of winning…

"I think it's just players learning when it's conditions like this we have to make sure we keep to our belief of passing the ball around, because when we played through Matete, the midfield players and out wide to the full-backs, we looked a good team."

"We know what we are capable of doing and we probably got respect from Burton tonight that they normally play 4-2-3-1 but they played three centre backs against us to probably match us up and that shows what people think about us.

"We've just got to find different ways of winning matches sometimes, Saturday was a good game where we played good open football, created a lot of chances, tonight we had to find a different way of winning and we didn't manage to do that."

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