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MANAGER: He's a threat, isn't he

Paul Simpson on Omari Patrick and Mark Howard

20 April 2022

Striker Omari Patrick made it nine for the Blues since his January return on Monday afternoon with yet another match winner against the Stags - a goal that secured the points to bring league security and some fairly enjoyable celebrations.

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“Omari was good, and he could maybe have had a few more,” manager Paul Simpson told us. “He could actually have maybe had a few more.

“In the second half we had some amount of transitions and we could easily have scored two, three or four more.

“He’s a threat, isn’t he. He’s a really exciting player to watch, he’s got lots of ability. If we can just tidy up the rough edges on him, I think he could be a real threat at this level.

“I’m really pleased for him. But it could have been anybody getting us the goal, I’d have been really pleased for them as well.

“I’d have been delighted if Joe Riley had finished that one when he went on that mazy run, or if Dynel could have twisted his head a bit further round in the first half. Morgan in the second half at the far post.

“Anybody really. Omari has performed really well alongside Lewi, who was excellent. It’s a really positive all-round display from a group of lads who wanted to go and do it right.”

Adding to his thoughts on those chances missed, he said: “The set-play delivery was good and Morgan hit the post and the bar, Dynel, I’ve no idea how he didn’t score in the first half with his header, and then no idea how the second half one didn’t go in.

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“We had a lot of chances and I’ll go back to saying it, I know we got a bit of luck in the first half, but that’s the kind of luck I wanted our overall play to earn us, and I think we did that.

“But, yes, we should have had more goals out of the stuff we did after the break. The amount of counter-attacks we had, the set pieces, getting on the end of things, we were better at that.

“There were lots of good things, good forward play, some resolute defending, some fantastic saves from our goalkeeper and clean catches of crosses.

“There’s not a lot I can complain about and I’m really pleased, because I didn’t want to be complaining.”

Speaking more about a man-of-the-match display from his keeper, he commented: “He made some great saves, and the other thing I was really pleased with is that he came and took some crosses as well.

“That’s really good because it’s such a relief when you’re in that technical area and you see your keeper coming for crosses.

“He took a few, made some fantastic saves, and that kept us involved in the game. That’s what he’s there for, and hopefully he’ll carry on doing that.”

And the clean sheet earned combined with that striker’s finish from Patrick made it a day to savour for everyone involved with the blue contingent.

“It’s probably what fans want to see, without a doubt, they got their money’s worth,” he agreed. “But it’s not what I want to see. I’d love to see it much more controlled and with us dealing with the ball a lot better than we managed to at times.

“I’d love to see us be more clinical than we were and get better security behind the ball, but this game isn’t about complaining.

“It’s about applauding a massive achievement from the players in getting us safe. One thing I said in the dressing room, and I’m not embarrassed to say this, is that this is an achievement.

“To stay up from where we were at with three games left is an achievement. When you do things like this you have to make sure you enjoy it.

“It probably wasn’t the target everybody had at the start of the season, but they need a pat on the back for achieving this from where they were 15 games ago. We’re now in a position where we can enjoy the last three.”


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