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We have to keep the ball more

22 August 2012

Peter Shirtliff on the 2-1 defeat at Doncaster Rovers

“We didn’t get the breaks on Saturday and we didn’t get a break all night on Tuesday.  I’m not sure about Doncaster’s winning goal, whether he was offside or not.  It’s hard for me to say because I wasn’t in a position to judge.  It certainly looked offside; we’ll leave it and have to carry on

Despite the result, it was a great performance from the lads and we fully deserved to go a goal up.  Doncaster had a few skirmishes in our box because they obviously upped the tempo, but then we had some good situations in their box as well.

Their first goal was a little sloppy, we conceded it too easily but having said that, it was good play by them.  We have to learn a few things when we do go in front.  We have to be a bit cagier and keep the ball a lot more

We are not sure about David Worrall, he went straight to hospital for an X-Ray and we will have to wait and see on that one to see how bad it is. (Now confirmed as not broken)

Schumacher’s sending off was two yellow cards.  The first was for a lunge in the first half following them breaking away from one or our corners.  The lad stayed on his feet but the ref went back for him and booked him when the ball went out of play.  

Yet when Craig Jones did something similar in the second half, he wasn’t booked for it.  All we want is a bit of consistency from the officials.

We’ve not had the break but credit to the lads because they did stick at it, they’ve gone 94 minutes and you have to feel sorry for them because they haven’t got anything out of the game – but that’s football.

I don’t think it will take a lot to pick the lads up after this.  They are a good group and they will rebound from this.  They will pick themselves up and we will have a role call to see what we have left for Saturday.


We got our first glimpse of Craig Jones on Tuesday and he did well.  He looks like he can skip past a full back and cross a ball.  It’s something we might have to rely on now, depending on how long David Worrall will be out for.  He caused Doncaster some problems when he came on with some of the balls he was putting into the box.  We were in the ascendency at times and caused their back four some problems. 

Joe Skarz is claiming the goal, so it looks like he has his goal for the season early this year.

It was a perfect start to the game; we started brightly and took the game to them.  We were mainly in and around their box getting corners and causing them problems.  With a little luck, we could have had more goals before they got a foothold in the game.

It was an open game; I didn’t expect it be as open as that, it’s just the way it panned out.  Now it’s Coventry, another tough test at a great stadium.  It’s a fantastic chance for these lads to pit their wits against these players.  They will be looking to bounce back, we have to pick ourselves up and have another go on Saturday.

We are looking to strengthen, I’ve spoken to the chairman and there are one or two things that might develop before the weekend.”

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