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Brown: It was a game of two halves today

17 September 2022

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Head coach Scott Brown spoke to the media after his side extended their unbeaten run to eight league games by drawing their clash against Charlton Athletic at Highbury.

The Cods managed to take the lead in the game halfway through the first half after positive play from Harvey Macadam meant he could play a low cross into Callum Morton, who netted his first goal of the season.

Charlton did manage to come back into the game, even after Town created multiple chances to double their advantage, which meant that the points would have to be shared on a sunny afternoon on the Fylde Coast.

Here’s what the gaffer had to say in his post-match interview:

On the game as a whole…

“It was a game of two halves; I thought in the first half, we dominated and created a lot of chances and I think we could’ve gone in 2-0 up. In the second half, they changed to a 4-3-3, which we knew they were going to go back to that, especially the way they played the first half.

“We did well in that first half; in the second half, we came out of the traps and started well but they started to get the better of us. Their two wingers stayed high which caused us some problems.

“We managed to take another point and there are a lot of positives to take from the result today. There were a lot of great performances, but it was just the last 15-20 minutes where we got a bit sloppy both on and off the ball.”

On how he thought the team performed this afternoon…

“I thought we played some great stuff today; the shape of the team was good, especially in the first half, and they showed an understanding of how we want to play.

“Dan [Batty] was unbelievable with his energy and running in behind. That’s what we asked him to do today, we asked him to go in behind as much as possibly could, sometimes he does that unselfish running which people don’t always see, but he always wants the ball, creates chances, and looks like he will score goals for us.

“I’m proud of the lads because yet again they’ve dug deep and [Jay] Lynchy has made a fantastic save late on to keep us in the game as well. That’s what happens with a good goalie, you have him there and you need to use him now and then and he’s stood up to it yet again.”

On the impact made after tactical changes…

“The subs were hard to take in the second half. Harvey [Macadam] injures his hamstring and Dan [Batty]’s energy was unbelievable before coming off so to lose these two players, was tough.

“We brought Paddy [Lane] on, who is a little bit smaller, and it then becomes a different game as well, so we had to manipulate the ball a little bit better and keep it and we didn’t do that, and we ended up on the back foot.

"At home, we want to play highly energetic football. We want to press teams; we want to put teams under pressure. He [Harvey Macadam] has got great energy. We saw that in the first half, and we saw that in the first 10 or 15 minutes in the second half.

“But then you lose Harvey, and we take Bats off as well and we lose that little bit of energy, the understanding of the shape and when to press and understanding of when to sit back in.”


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