Head coach Scott Brown spoke to the local media after his side’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Even though the Cods tested the resolve of Darren Moore’s men right at the death of the contest, it was the first-half goal from Marvin Johnson that settled the game, meaning Town would head back to the Fylde Coast empty-handed.
Here’s what the gaffer had to say after the game:
On the result…
“We are disappointed with that; the lads’ performances’ were great again today but I’m sick and tired of coming in and saying we’ve played really well when we’ve got no points on the board.
“Now, we have to be that little bit nastier at the top end of the park, find that bit of quality as well, and be ruthless by taking our chances when we can because when you come to a big club like this, you aren’t going to get a lot of chances.
“For us, we managed to get Scotty [Robertson] and Phoenix [Patterson] on the park so that’s two of the new signings we’ve been able to bring on today. They added a bit of quality and a bit of flair higher up the park and that’s what we’ve probably been missing.”
On trying to find that crucial goal…
“It’s small details but in the final third, I don’t think we had enough quality in terms of the delivery and the timing of our runs. We have to work on those things as you want to get in between the posts and score goals. The few balls we put in the box didn’t work as they wanted it more than we did.
“We locked them in during the second half, they didn’t have a shot on target in the second half which is outstanding when you come here to one of the top teams in the league – it’s great saying that but we’ve not scored a goal.
“Ged [Garner] thought that he couldn’t get his first shot off at the end there, so he’s managed to cut inside, but the goalkeeper has managed to cut the angle off and has made a good save. Late on, Paddy [Lane] had a little chance, but we need to find the back of the net and get some points.”
On the overall performance from the lads…
“I thought we defended really well, except for the goal in the first half, which could have been a free-kick. I don’t think it’s a penalty at the end either as Jay [Lynch] has come out of his goal and touched the ball, but the referee pointed to the spot.
“Throughout though, I thought our performance was good with the build-up play and the understanding of the shape and also dealing with the atmosphere here at Hillsborough. You have to try and silence the crowd as soon as you can, and I thought we did that by starting well.
“In the first 10-15 minutes, we were bright as we locked them in, and they then had that one bit of quality up the other end of the park. That might be the difference between the two teams as they have that strength in depth on the bench to come in.”