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Crainey: I thought we adapted really well in the second half

8 February 2022

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Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the media after his side extended their unbeaten streak to four games after their well-fought draw against MK Dons at Highbury.

After Harry Darling opened the scoring for the visitors early on, the Cods did well to fight back and earn a point out of the game after Ellis Harrison fed the ball to Paddy Lane, who netted his fourth of the season.

Here’s what Stephen had to say after the game:

On the result…

“I thought it was difficult conditions for both teams to be honest as it was a really wet night and, obviously, the pitch wasn’t great either, so I thought we adapted really well in the second half. We know MK Dons want to get the ball down and play, much like ourselves, and I thought both teams tried to do that on a difficult surface – credit to both teams in that regard.

“MK had a bit of the ball in the first half but didn’t really trouble us apart from when they had the free header from the set-play, which was disappointing. I said to the lads at half-time, we need a bit more energy and that’s what we got. Because of that, I thought we deserved a point in the end.

“We could have gone on to get the winner as we created a few chances after we scored the equaliser, but we will certainly take the points and shift our focus now onto the Cheltenham fixture at the weekend.”

On individual performances…

“It was a bit wet on the far side and Shayden [Morris] wants the ball to move so he can square up to the full-backs and dribble with the ball. I thought when you looked at the ball moving on that side of the pitch in the first half so I thought it wasn’t one that would favour Shayden – that was the reason for the change.

“We were unlucky at the end as Paddy did well in the wide areas, Ellis [Harrison] was unlucky with a header, and Anthony Pilkington had a shot as well which looked as if it was goal bound, which was blocked by one of the defenders so I can say I was pleased with the fighting spirit in the second half.

“We moved Paddy further up, into the slot, and he got his just rewards with the goal. He is a really good player; he’s got assists in his game and now goals as well so hopefully he can continue that vein of form. Overall, we are happy with the point, even though it could have been three, but we move on.”

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