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Brown: It’s things that we’ve worked on that didn’t work today

3 September 2022


Brown: It’s things that we’ve worked on that didn’t work today

3 September 2022

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Head Coach Scott Brown spoke to the media after his side’s draw with Wycombe Wanderers at Highbury on Saturday afternoon.

The Cods were left with it all to do after going into the break a goal down after a moment of brilliance from Anis Mehmeti for Wycombe, but Town managed to get back into the game thanks to a debut goal from Admiral Muskwe.

Fleetwood pressed for a winner in the latter stages of the game, but it wasn't to be for Brown's men.

Here’s what the gaffer had to say after the game:

On the game as a whole…

“I thought we started well in the first 10 minutes, we were composed and kept the ball which was a positive point at the start. They got a man sent off and that probably spooked us a little bit because we didn’t know how to pay against a 4-4-1.

“We struggled to keep the ball and played side to side and forced it through gaps that weren’t there to be honest, but it’s a learning curve for them as we’ve never played against 10-men competitively, so we maybe need to work on that one as well.

“It was the speed of play, there’s got to be a change of pace; Everyone was a bit slow today on the ball because I think they thought they had a bit more time as they were against 10-men.”

On Admiral Muskwe’s debut and his goal…

“He scored a great goal and is still trying to get up to full fitness as well. He’s just getting to know the team, the lads, and the way we want to play too. For me, I would like to see him in the box more, he’s a willing runner down the channels as well, but maybe works a bit harder than he has to sometimes.

“He will get his goals and hopefully his form from today can continue. It was a good finish today, but we want him to be on that penalty spot, be that striker that gets between the posts and scores us those kinds of goals from six yards. We will work on that as we spoke about it after the game.

On the impact of the sending off…

“They knew what they were doing after the sending off, as they sat in and tried to catch us on the counter, which they did to be fair. Fair play to the lads, they kept going and managed to score the goal that made it 1-1.

“For my liking, there weren’t enough shots on target, crosses, and didn’t force them to defend enough when they were down to 10. When we had corners, it was going straight into the goalie’s hands so it’s things that we’ve worked on that didn’t work today - that’s not like our lads as well because they usually take it in well.

“You should enjoy having the ball, have the time on it and make the demands of yourself. For us, the mentality is that when they go a man down, we press and work harder, keep the ball, and move it faster. Today we didn’t manage to do that, but we’ll get there - there’s still a lot of work to do.”

On the two substitutions in the first half…

“We had a lot of the ball, and everybody wanted to come to feet, so we brought [Cian] Hayesy on for his pace as he wants to be direct and run at people, which put them under a bit more pressure.

“Lewis [Warrington] is a ball-playing midfielder who has the ability to keep the tempo in the game, which I thought, for his debut, did really well. He gets on the ball, he isn’t shy, and he moves it from side to side and has that urgency in his game.  

“I spoke to the lads who came off, they know it’s not a personal thing. Iit’s just about changing the shape of the team and changing the understanding as well because we needed the pace in the team and Hayesy gives us that.”

“We worked hard defensively at the start of the season and now we need to put the work in in-front of goal. We need to score more goals when we are on top, and that doesn’t just go for this game. You need to be ruthless, kill teams off, and go one or two up rather than start two goals behind.”

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