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Crainey: Keeping the clean sheet will be positive for the team

19 March 2022

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Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the press after his side kept a clean sheet in their draw against Doncaster Rovers at Highbury.

In what was a tight encounter, both sides managed to create chances, with Cian Hayes troubling Mitchell a couple of times, but none of his efforts were able to get past the goalkeeper, meaning the clean sheet on the afternoon was vital for the result.

Here’s what the head coach had to say:

On the game…

“Mixed feelings. Obviously, we wanted to win the game and get the three points and we never got that today. Recently, in the past few games, we’ve been playing good football, but we haven’t been getting the rewards from it, but today, we didn’t play that great, yet we got a point out of the game.

“We will take that as a positive, we have a long break until Crewe where we can rest, recuperate, and get ourselves ready for that game. We’ve lost the five on the spin so of course, it’s nice to get something out of this game, but I am disappointed we’ve not come away with all three points.

“Sometimes you just need the ball to drop on the right side of someone inside the box but that doesn’t seem to be happening for us recently but that will come eventually – we will play better in the games coming up.”

On the clean sheet…

“We haven’t kept a clean sheet in a while so to get one today is nice. When you don’t win games of football you have to make sure you don’t lose them and that’s what we’ve done today. It’s a point and that’s the positive we will take from the game.

“Keeping the clean sheet will be positive for the team as a whole. Doncaster had a few corners at the end and I was hoping it wouldn’t be the same as the last few weeks but every credit to the lads for seeing it through. We got the point in the end, but we’re disappointed to not walk away with all three.

“The pitch conditions are tough which is frustrating because I want the lads to get the ball down, I want the team to do it in the right areas, but we’ll dust ourselves off and go again against Crewe.”


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