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Crainey: We need to dust ourselves down and get ready for Ipswich

1 March 2022


Crainey: We need to dust ourselves down and get ready for Ipswich

1 March 2022

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Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the media after his side fell to a 2-0 away loss against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Town conceded two goals late on in the first half despite themselves creating chances throughout. Even though they carried on that same pressure in the second half, it just wasn’t meant to be for Crainey’s side on the night.

Here’s what he had to say after the game…

On the game…

“The first half-hour, we were really untroubled; we had some good opportunities in the final third, but we were just unlucky not to take one of them. If one of those goes in, it’s a different game.

“There was just a 10-minute spell before half-time that cost us the game, other than that brief spell there wasn’t much in the game. They scored the penalty and got the second right at half-time so that’s really frustrating.

“Cian [Hayes] looked a threat when he came on, he has great ability but he’s young so he’s still learning the game as well, but that experience will do him the world of good moving forward.”

On the effort shown by the players…

“The work effort that the lads put in to keep going right up until the end was really good and that will help us in the future. I said to them at half-time they need to keep going and they did, so all credit to them for that, and we’ll keep going, dust ourselves down, and be ready for Ipswich on Saturday.

“We were getting into some good areas in the second half, but it was an issue challenging Ben Amos. We were ruthless in the first half against Portsmouth on Saturday, but we just lacked that cutting edge today. That will come though, if we keep giving that endeavour, the chances will start to come, and we’ll start putting the ball in the back of the net.

“We’ve got a good squad of players, so we have the squad to deal with it (injuries and suspensions), so when a player is missing it just paves the way for another player to stake their claim.”

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