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A great away performance

21 October 2012

Kevin Blackwell’s reaction to the defeat at Yeovil Town

“It feels like a kick in the teeth, it’s amazing but I have nothing but praise for the players.  I thought they were fantastic on Saturday.  Down to ten men after 27 minutes, but we didn’t look like we were down to ten men.  The lads played it very well, they kept their shape well and I thought they were fantastic, I have no complaints whatsoever.

I didn’t see the sending off, I am not answering questions on the red card because I didn’t see it and anything I do say would be wrong.

Down to ten men and anyone that saw the game would agree that we had some great chances, and we should have finished them off.  We said at half time that we had to keep the shape, keep believing what they are doing and even down to ten men, we always knew we had a chance and that’s exactly what happened.

We are down there and it’s just cruel on us.  There’s no doubt that somebody has done something wrong because we are getting no luck.

We can’t legislate for the first goal; every time the ball has gone in the box he has given a free kick.  There is no doubt that Trevor Carson has dropped the ball, but as he turned the centre half has caught his arm so he couldn’t use his other one to pick it up with.  As I have said, those things happen when you are down where we are.

Dominic Poleon has scored his first goal for us, that’s why I brought him here because he can get goals, but he has to learn to work really hard.  It’s something that he is learning but it was a terrific striker’s goal, there was nothing there.  He spun on a sixpence and it’s in the back of the net, and then we lost our marker in the box for their winner.

For as well as we did, we’ve still been caught napping and we’ve prided ourselves recently for keeping clean sheets in terms of set plays, but today has been the first time it’s gone in.

We lose Zac for three games now, he only has two weeks of his loan spell left so we will look at it and see what’s best for him.  There is no way these lads are getting on the bus with their heads down.  That was as good an away performance as I have seen, and for ten men, for a long time.

There is no doubt that we had them on the rack.  I have to praise the players on their fitness levels, I thought they were fantastic.  They got from box to box, we knew they were going to try and counter attack us but they showed a real tenacity to stay in there.

As I have said, a precursor to results is performances, and I have seen another good performance today.  I saw it at Carlisle; I saw it in the second half at Crawley.  It’s been an interesting 16 days since I came and I have seen a really good improvement in the players with their attitude, their fitness and their application.

As I have said in the last two games, I feel for them, I really feel for them, but they have to brush themselves down and start all over again.

Obviously we have to make a change for Tuesday, we will give them as much rest as we can and if they give me that performance again, then the first win cannot be far away because that looked a decent away performance, and not from a team that is bottom of the league and hasn’t won all season.

I’ve not been at a club where we’ve seen outrageous misfortune like we have seen in the last three weeks.  If it was like that before I came here, then it’s no wonder they are where they are.  Then it becomes a situation where they start to believe that if it is going to go wrong, then it will go wrong.  We have to make sure that we keep working and I saw a set of players that kept working right to the very end.  Again they have sank to their knees distraught because they haven’t got what they deserved.  In life, if you don’t give everything, you won’t get anything.  If they keep giving everything like this, they will get something.”

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