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Pleased with the fitness levels

19 August 2012

Caretaker Manager Peter Shirtliff speaking after the Brentford game

“That was a warm afternoon, it was unbelievable.  I was having a go at the fourth official asking him why we came off for drinks, but to be fair to the referee; he was spot on with it because the lads needed it.

The referee deemed the challenge on David Worrall as not a penalty.  He was a lot closer to it than I was, but you get those decisions.  He’s done what he thinks is right.  The second one, the keeper has tackled Lenny.  If he misses it, then he has a problem because there were no covering defenders and he may have been sent off, but fair play to the goalkeeper because he played the ball and tackled him.  Sometimes you get these decisions and sometimes you don’t, but over all I thought a draw was a fair result today.

I’m very pleased with the performance.  I thought the players worked very hard on a red hot day.  It was unbelievable at pitch side, it was hot and for both teams, I thought it was a decent game.  We could have done with the sprinklers on during the game and an ice bath after the game.

It was a good performance, we’ve got our first clean sheet of the season and we’ve got our first point on the board.  We are unbeaten and that’s a real positive for this club at the moment.

Adam Lockwood came in for Efe Sodje and I thought he played very well; the whole back four played well, everybody has played well.  They have all contributed to a team effort.

After that I think we can all look forward to Tuesday night at Doncaster.  We looked as though we can be a solid formation; the players knew what they were doing.  It was a good experience and good legs for them all.  We will do all the best we can on Tuesday and carry on and move forward, hopefully with a good result there.

The referee said the challenge on David was a good challenge and it went out of David for a goal kick.  That was the explanation from the referee, but Ben Futcher wasn’t that happy with it.  There were a couple of instances, but to be fair to the referee, he is a lot closer to it than any of us so you have to take his decision.  He’s made that decision and that’s final.

Brentford played some good stuff and the first half was pretty even and they got a bit of a grip in the first 20 minutes of the second half.  They started to get into our half too much for my liking, but in the last 20 to 25 minutes we got a good foothold in the game.  We created a good few opportunities that on another day would have fallen a bit more kindly.

The ball bounced up when Andy Bishop went through, that gave the goal keeper the chance to come and clear it.  If the ball hadn’t have bounced so high, he would have been clean through on goal, but the ball became stuck under his feet a little bit.

With David Worrall, we have put them under pressure and the keeper made a good save off a free kick when somebody headed it towards goal.  We had quite a few efforts on goal and caused them problems in that last 25 minutes.  Overall it was probably a fair result.

We finished both halves stronger; I’m pleased with the fitness levels.  They have worked very hard over pre-season and thy have all had a very good pre-season.  It’s going to be a long campaign so they need those fitness levels.”


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