Manager Chris Beech spoke more about the weekend defeat at Scunthorpe.
“I don’t like losing because defeat is hard and horrible,” he said. “It’s more frustrating when you know you shouldn’t be losing.
“It’s more acceptable, even though accepting defeat is something you should never really do, when you’ve been well beaten. We weren’t well beaten, so yes, it’s frustrating.
“As I said on Saturday, the attitude and fight from us in the second half was excellent. I could only remember the odd time in the dugout looking left, as I looked at the pitch, because we were constantly attacking right. That shows that we wanted to do well.”
On players missing, he told us: “It’s hard, isn’t it, because you want continuity and you want rhythm.
“We’ve talked about that a lot because the lads have missed a lot of football, not just with injuries, but because of the lockdown. It’s as tough for them as it is for us.
“That’s why you have a squad because, again, it’s just one of those things. Ethan Walker had a good game, showed some good moments, and Lewis was twisting and turning and he got his chances. Callum Guy’s deliveries were excellent, so you just deal with it all. This is football.”
“Both Omari Patrick and Gime Toure were injured and not available,” he continued. “Gime tried on Thursday and Friday but he couldn’t quite make it.
“He got a dead leg last Saturday, he tried to run it off, he wasn’t right Tuesday, so we gave him more time. He tried it on Friday and he couldn’t sprint, so at that point you know he can’t play the type of football that he wants to play.
“Omari is a little bit more down the line in terms of investigating what’s wrong. He’s seen a specialist so we’ll know more once we get the results from that. It’s the other leg to the one he’s had a problem with in pre-season, so we’ll see.
“Losing them is a blow, but if Ethan scored we wouldn’t even be talking about them now. We’d have won, and we could have won even though we conceded.”
“With recruitment, at the risk of repeating myself it’ll be more through major injury, so we’ll just await news,” he commented. “Nobody is really ever comfortable and if you ask any football manager they always want to add people, if there might be more available.
“Our remit is not to have the most money in the league to go and win it. What we have is a budget to work towards, as we develop players within that, and at the same time I want us to be competitive and win games.
“We’ve got a good squad that represents the community really well but if we keep filling it up there’s never an opportunity for the younger players to progress. You’ve got to try and get the balance right, but obviously I want to win.”
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