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Close, but not close enough

15 September 2013

Kevin Blackwell reflects on the 2-1 defeat at Fleetwood Town

Manager Kevin Blackwell spoke to the press following the 2- defeat at Fleetwood Town and brought his key word of the season so far back into play - frustration.

‘We all know how hard the season has been for us with the start that we’ve had, now we’ve played four out of the top seven.  In the first half there was a very strong wind blowing down the pitch against us, but somebody turned it off for the second half.  We were quite happy with the way it was at half time with a 1-0 lead.

Then what a wonder goal the lad scored to make it all square, then we huffed and puffed after that.  It’s always difficult to come to a team that is full of confidence like Fleetwood are at the moment.  We are always in games though and that’s important.  They were hanging onto their result at the end.  You have to go away from home knowing that you can win games, at the moment; we are close – but not close enough.

We went a goal up then hit the bar soon after.  If that had gone in it would have been a different story because goals change games.  It didn’t happen.  I said to the lads at half time that we had to keep it at 1-0.  If you keep it at -0 then you have a great chance to make it 2-0.

Fleetwood have spent big money on players and we know that they are not going to sit back.  They are at home and they are going to come at you – we knew it was going to happen.  We had explained what they would do and how they would do it and that’s exactly how it happened.  You can’t explain the wonder goal though, that just happens.

Again we were backed by a fantastic away following, they have been absolutely fantastic for us and we want to give them something to celebrate.  I’m disappointed that we haven’t done that.

The frustrating thing for us is that we’ve only lost one game by more than one goal; we have been in these games.  You get on the bus on the way home frustrated.  We should have beaten Oxford at Oxford.  Anyone that has seen us play this season knows that we should be winning these games.  If Anton’s chance had gone in we are 2-0 up and the break goes the opposite way.

Then their lad hits an unbelievable strike that could have gone out of the ground but ends up in the back of your net.  You just need that break now and then.  Fleetwood are a decent side, they have spent good money – we know that, yet on Saturday I felt that we should have come away with something, and that’s the frustration.’

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