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Johnson: We're improving but there is still work to do

1 November 2023

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Head Coach Lee Johnson spoke to the media after a dramatic 3-3 draw to Blackpool at Highbury Stadium on Wednesday night.

With mixed emotions after going into half-time 2-0 up, to then conceding three within twenty minutes, before Jack Marriott scored a screamer on the 90-minute mark to deny the visitors maximum points and to earn the Cods a draw.

Here's what he had to say...

On the game as a whole…

"We're disappointed to not take all three points after being two goals up at half-time; Ben Heneghan has stood up in the changing room then and said that we should have nine points out of the past three games.

“We have five, so it isn't a disaster and it's a bit of an unbeaten run. There was a lot of character on the pitch today from both teams, I thought the fans were fantastic and gave it a real derby feel.

“We don't just want that at home to Blackpool we want it for games like Exeter at home for example - we can create a spirit off the pitch that we can use on it however the spell when we conceded three goals makes you think were they fantastic or were we poor? 

“Blackpool do have quality players and they threw caution to the wind, but we should have dealt with it better. We are improving but we can't get ahead of ourselves and there is still plenty of work to do."

On the team's new-found identity...

"I was very critical of our ability not to maintain the ball at Barnsley, but in the first half today it was fantastic – we had a few chances to go three goals to the good but their 'keeper made a fantastic save and that changed the game.

“We know we are reducing the worst of us, and I think the fans can see that, we got clapped off at the end because we played with so much spirit, we have to keep building, we have played two top six sides in my view in terms of quality.

“In times. we have played okay and then other times extremely well and then in other times poorly, it's not on any individual it's on us as a team to work on, it's mental and tactical fitness because we have to deal with when teams affect us.”

On his personal pride...

"It's quite well documented that I am well over 500 games in management now and I am very grateful to be here, the club have made me feel very welcome.

"I have enjoyed working with the players and all the staff and I see a bright future for this football club. I get disappointed when we don't win every game 5-0, but we just have to learn to control our nerve sometimes and then some team will get a pasting when we're ready.”

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