Kevin Blackwell’s thoughts on the 2-2 draw at Stevenage
“If I am being honest, I am slightly disappointed after that because I believe we had some great chances to win the game. I thought we had good control of the game but we had a ten minute spell of the game where we handed the initiative back to Stevenage, they gladly took it and got there to goals, but I think that’s the first time we have seen the lads show a really god bit of character.
Previously when they go behind they have been buckling and going under, they didn’t show that today, they carried on and should have won the game.
I’ve only had two training sessions with them and I know a lot more about them now after the game than I did before. I haven’t seen them play as close as I have done on Saturday. I’ve learnt a lot about them and from what I have seen, when we got the ball down and moved it quickly and sharply, we looked a good side.
It’s about building that confidence and that’s what I have told the lads after the game. They are bottom of the table for a reason and their confidence is a little bit jaded, but this result and performance will bring it back a little bit.
I also saw why they are bottom of the table, as soon as we went behind, they became fragile, and that affects their confidence. They were thinking here we go again, but we have worked on one or two things this week and they have shown it. I’m pleased that they have taken that on-board. Given a bit more time and a bit more work, I am sure they will get better.
Their first goal from the set piece was very much avoidable; I think both goals were very much avoidable. We didn’t close the lad down in midfield to get off what I thought was a cheap shot on goal. Don’t get me wrong, he took it very well, but we have to be better than that and that’s the kind of thing will be asking the players.
There is plenty to build on, we have to start from somewhere and Saturday was a good start.
We changed the formation slightly and I think David Healy is clever enough to play that role he played at Stevenage. At the moment we are limited with players and we had to play certain players. To come away from home to a side in the top six and get a result when you are bottom of the table is something you have to be pleased with.
We have to be smart enough to work out what formations will be good enough to get us results away from home. On Saturday we used that formation and t worked quite well, we switched it to a 442 when we needed to
At the moment, the two lads that scored the goals are both loan signings, and both are with us at the football club. Cullen is here until January and young Tom Hopper for 28 days. I’m delighted that both got their first goals. They are both young kids and that means they have a learning curve. As a manager, as a club and as fans we have to accept that they won’t do everything quite right because these kids are learning the game.
They did make mistakes during the game. Tom Hopper should maybe have finished the game off and won it for us – but he will learn from that. Its Bury Football Club that is his learning curve.
Overall I am pleased for the players because they have worked really hard. They want it and they showed on Saturday that they can take it. They have to work hard. At times they showed that they were smart and at times they showed they were naïve, but there is plenty to work on.”
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