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Grayson: We found the right balance of goals and a clean sheet

16 October 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to local press after his side beat Crewe Alexandra 3-0 at Highbury Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet League One.

After a quiet first half, Grayson's half-time team talk must have been perfectly understood from the Cod Army as second-half goals from Callum Johnson, Danny Andrew, and Ged Garner were more than enough to ensure that Town took all three points home comfortably.

Here's what he had to say:

On the match...

"Today we found the right balance of getting a clean sheet and three goals as well - in the first half we hit the post and had a good few chances - Crewe didn't really create much and we knew we had to increase the tempo and put away our chances, which we did.

"We stressed to the players before the game that results should have been going our way against top teams recently, but we had to be better in different departments and especially defensively in terms of being tighter and not getting punished, we emphasised that we need to be hard to play against."

On the variety of goals scored...

"We work on set pieces on the training ground so it's good to see us getting goals from them, when Callum (Johnson) got the first from a corner it gave us great belief and confidence to kick on from there, and then that leads on to the second.

"The second is a fantastic free-kick, it's no fluke he practices most days in training and we have seen it already many times this season where that gave us a platform to build on for our third which was a counter-attack, the game opened up towards the end when they were trying to get back into it but we knew with the pace we have we could have exploited that."

On learning from every game...

"We have been close to winning a few games which we haven't actually won, it's fine margins and we have been punished for them, it's the basics of football and we know that we have had to be better to make sure that we get clean sheets, overall from today I'm really pleased.

"There is no easy games in this division, we have Burton on Tuesday night and we know what they are good at but we know that we need to rest up and be ready so that we can go again to get back to back wins at home, it's going to be a test but we always look forward to them."

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