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Crainey: We go into every game to win and we’ve done that today

8 January 2022

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Crainey: We go into every game to win and we’ve done that today

8 January 2022

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Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the press after Saturday afternoon’s 1-0 win over Doncaster at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Debutant Ellis Harrison scored the only goal of the game early in the second half when he poked home Paddy Lane’s cross to send Town home with a deserved three points.

Here’s what Crainey had to say:

On the game…

“We go into every game to win those games of football and we’ve done that today. We’re around about Doncaster, they’re down at the bottom and it’s nice to get the victory. We came into the game to win it and we’ve done that, so we’re delighted with the three points. We’ll enjoy this, recover from it, and go again.

“I thought we were really good and deserved to get a goal in the first half after the way we played but we just lacked that cutting edge in the final third. That’s what I said to them at halftime, to just keep maintaining what they were doing, and the goal will come, and luckily, we got it right and the start of the second half.

“I thought we showed a little bit more composure in the second half as well because obviously, Doncaster were pushing forward, and I thought if we secured the first couple of passes, we could’ve hit them on the break and got a couple of more goals.”

On Ellis Harrison…

“It was a brilliant debut for Ellis Harrison. Obviously signing a number nine, you want him to come in and score goals and to get up and running straight away in the first game that he’s played in I’m delighted with so hopefully he can follow that up with a few more.

“I think we’re a nice football team, we like to pass the ball and he offers that something different, a bit of long ball, a bit physical presence so we’ve got options now which is good, so it all bodes well moving forwards. Hopefully, we can build on today’s result.

“Unfortunately, both of them [Ryan Edmondson and Callum Morton] have left the club. We’ve got an ideal replacement in Ellis so hopefully, he can get a few goals for us before the end of the season. He’s had a great debut and long may that continue.”

On the squad...

"Jay (Matete) has just a slight niggle, we'll be monitoring him in the coming week and hopefully and he can become available for Rotherham.

"Yeah, we are looking to bring players in, obviously bringing Ellis [Harrison] in, a new #9 who is off to a good start. We're looking to strengthen all over the pitch so hopefully, by the end of the window we can bring a few more players in."


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