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Crainey: We win together and we lose together

12 February 2022


Crainey: We win together and we lose together

12 February 2022

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Head Coach Stephen Crainey faced the press after his side’s defeat to Cheltenham Town on Saturday afternoon.

The Cods pressed forwards throughout the game, with Paddy Lane hitting the side-netting and Danny Andrew forcing a diving save from Owen Evans, but a five-minute push from the home side at the end of the half saw Alfie May and Charlie Raglan both find the back of the net before the break.

Here’s what the head coach had to say:

On the result…

“Since I’ve been in the job, we’ve really competed in football games but today we weren’t at the races, we didn’t show much energy in the game. So disappointing in that sense but I know we’ll bounce back and go again.

“I picked a really attacking team so I thought we were going to get goals today but that wasn’t the case. But to get those chances at the top of the pitch you have to work hard behind the ball, to get the ball to the forwards and we didn’t do that well enough today.

On the squad spirit…

“The effort and application has always been in this group since day one, unfortunately, we were just a yard short in every department today. We’ll analyse the game, debrief it, and go again.

“The players’ standards are high every day, they’re a really tight-knit group in there. We win together and we lose together. Today we lost the game as a collective group, not any individual blame and we’ll take it on the chin and move on.”

On bouncing back…

“We’ve had a busy schedule so throughout this week we’ll rest up, get some training in and plan for the Lincoln game at home next week. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a positive result, but every game in League One is hard, but we’ll be prepared, and we’ll be ready for Lincoln.

“We have got a cushion [above the relegation zone] but we take each game as it comes. We want to get three points from every game, unfortunately, we didn’t get that today but hopefully, we can bounce back stronger next week.”

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