After Saturday’s 1-0 loss against fellow promotion chasers Burton Albion, manager David Flitcroft spoke of his disappointment at losing.
This was especially disappointing as Burton are known as a tough defending team that scores a lot of goals from set pieces and Flitcroft believes his team should have done better to thwart that side of their game.
Speaking after the match, he said: “It was a nearly performance, it never really took off in the way that we planned or wanted it to. We knew it was going to be a real tough test because Burton are resilient, organised and well structured.
“They get a lot of bodies behind the ball which makes them difficult to break down, but there was a lack of quality about our attacking performance.
“Nick Pope had one shot to save which he did brilliantly with. They score a lot of goals from set pieces and we have got to defend it better.
“We have defended them really well all season. I was disappointed with how we gave away the set piece in the first place but we just needed to defend it.
“We were for example defending corners well all game, but there goal disappointed me because that’s one of the key stones they score goals from and we did not defend it. We let Phil Edwards have a free space in the box and you can’t do that”
Flitcroft said that he was hoping that at the very least the team would come away from the match with a clean sheet and a point. But they will work on that side of the game for Saturday’s match against another promotion chasing side in Exeter City.
He said: “Once the goal goes in against you they are very structured, very difficult to break down hence why they keep so many clean sheets.
“I’d have been delighted today with a clean sheet and to come away with a point, but I’m disappointed with the manor of their goal.
“We have got work to do on Monday and we’ll kick on for next week’s game against Exeter City.”
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