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INTERVIEW: It's a very tough one to take

25 April 2017

Striker Jamie Proctor with reaction to the Crawley Town away draw

Striker Jamie Proctor found little consolation in his assist, goal and man-of-the-match performance at Crawley on Saturday as he insisted that the end result was much more important than any personal accolades.

“We’re gutted and disappointed that we haven’t seen that out,” he said. “To go two goals down then get in front away from home – you just have to win the game from there. I thought we played some great stuff, even when we were two down.

“I don’t think we deserved to be behind, to be honest, because I thought we were playing well. To let them get a goal like that at the end is really disappointing and it’s just not good enough.”

“I am pleased with how I played but it means nothing when you come off the pitch and you haven’t won the game,” he commented. “If it was a point we’d needed then, yeah, we’d be pleased, but losing the three points in the way we did means my performance means nothing. It’s a very tough one to take right now.

“We’ve seen all season that you’re never comfortable with a one goal lead. It’s happened to us in the last few weeks where we’ve been ahead and then lost the game. Today we got the point but we don’t want to be coming here and getting that at this stage of the season.

“It isn’t enough for us. When you score three goals away from home it has to be three points and we haven’t got that, so we’ll have to have a look at the reasons why that’s the case. After that we put ourselves together and go again next week.

“We’ve lost games in the past few months in different ways and on the majority of those occasions we probably haven’t played as well as we did in this game. We’ve ground results out when we haven’t been good enough but we haven’t scored as many goals as we would have liked.

“This was completely different because we dominated, we scored some good goals and we created a lot of chances. To come away with just a point when we thought we had three in the bag is really disappointing.”

With the task now very clear he also insisted that the lads are ready for the challenge ahead.

“We’ve known the last few weeks what we have to do,” he said. “We had to try and win every game and now that we’re out of the play-offs we have to make sure we do win our next one. Unfortunately it’s not in our hands any more so it’s even more important that we pick up wins to see where it leaves us.

“The good thing is that we have experience in the dressing room and we know we have to get ourselves going. There’s no point feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to pick ourselves up quickly and look at what we can take into the next two games.

“As I say, it isn’t in our hands but there’s no way we’re going to give up on it yet. We’ve got to go for both of them and hopefully, if we play the way we know we can, we’ll grind out two good wins.”

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