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Crainey: It’s a foul on the goalkeeper, it’s as simple as that

15 March 2022


Crainey: It’s a foul on the goalkeeper, it’s as simple as that

15 March 2022

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Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the press after his side narrowly lost out to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night.

Town played valiantly throughout their league clash against the Chairboys and were unfortunate to not come away with a point as a last-minute goal from Jason McCarthy decided the tie after what seemed to be a foul on Kieran O’Hara seconds before.

Here’s what he had to say:

On the goal at the end…

“It’s a foul on the goalkeeper, it’s as simple as that. It’s just our luck at the moment as we aren’t getting any decisions. In terms of the performance, I thought it was outstanding. They showed real grit and determination to see the game through to get a clean sheet, but then luck don’t go our way.

“[Sam] Vokes backs in and he’s a really physical player, with his size playing a big part in his game, but you can clearly see he fouls the goalkeeper, and we never got the decision. Wycombe are going to be delighted at winning the game, but to lose the game in that manner, was disappointing.

“It was a one-on-one duel so there wasn’t a lot of bodies about but, he’s not given the decision and we are disappointed. But I’ve been pleased with the group’s determination over the last four or five weeks. We’ve just not had any luck at all but, if we keep playing like that, we will get results.”

On the character of the squad…

“It wasn’t just Cian [Hayes], I thought we were outstanding to a man, but we aren’t getting any rub of the green at the moment. Results will turn if we keep playing like that. I have every confidence in that group of players that they can win games of football and, hopefully, that will start on Saturday.

“We’ve got real characters in that changing room; they do it every day in training, not just in games. That’s the mentality I install in training every day and they do that for each other. Everybody who watched the game can see the fight and determination they give, and they will continue to do that.

“Every game is massive now in the run-in. We’ve got Doncaster on Saturday so we will be going into that looking to win the game and hopefully, we can do that. The fans at Highbury have been outstanding and we are going to need them at the weekend. We’ve had no luck, but we will keep fighting.”

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