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Grayson: The changes affected the game in a positive way

30 October 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press after his side’s 3-3 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Highbury.

After taking an early lead through Danny Andrew, Town fell behind after goals from Brandon Hanlon, Adebayo Akinfenwa, and Sam Vokes. However, Grayson made three substitutions early in the second and it was soon clear a second-half comeback could be on the cards.

Minutes after stepping foot onto the field, Joe Garner headed home Andrew’s inswinging corner. Moments later, Shayden Morris – who was making his return from a lengthy injury – levelled the score with a tidy finish.

Here's what Grayson had to say:

On the game…

“It was certainly some game wasn’t it, I think today had everything. I’m not just talking about the game I’m talking about the conditions as well. It’s one of those games where you knew how Wycombe were going to play. They were going to be aggressive, get the ball forward, look for second balls and you’ve got to deal with that. For large parts we did but when we didn’t they capitalised on it.

“It was disappointing (to go behind) after being one up early in the game. They got back into it and you’re thinking you’ve got a chance after halftime playing with the wind, then we suddenly concede, but full credit to the team for the way they kept going.

“We could’ve dealt with things a little bit better, but we responded and were far better in the second half and were asking the questions of them more than they were of us.”

On the second half comeback…

“We’ve come back from many losing positions (throughout this season) to win games or draw games and that’s a testament to the group. They’ve got a desire, a hunger, a resilience to not give up the fight from the younger players right the way up to the experienced ones.

“When you make changes during a game you want the subs to make an impact and all three of them certainly did. We had to do something different (in the second half) and they’ve all got different ways of play. You look at Shayden [Morris], Joe [Garner], and Paddy Lane who came on as well and we went to a three-four three and we wanted to get the ball to the players that had come on.

“They’ve got a lot about them, especially Paddy and Shayden who can run at defenders, ask questions, and put them on the back foot. Then you’ve got Garnsey [Joe Garner] in there who has been a real problem, so the changes affected the game in a positive way which is what we wanted them to do.”


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