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MANAGER: Delighted with the way we're defending

Paul Simpson on 19 clean sheets

17 April 2023

Club News

MANAGER: Delighted with the way we're defending

Paul Simpson on 19 clean sheets

17 April 2023

The clean sheet tally currently sits at 19 for the Blues [Dave McKellar notched up 19 back in the 83/84 campaign, with Keiren Westwood and Tony Williams registering 20 between them in 05/06] and Brunton Park has proved to be a tough place for the visitors to come to with no goals conceded by United in the last five home games.

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“I said to the players after the game on Saturday that there were only two teams who have scored more goals than us and only two teams who have got more clean sheets than us, so we’re a good side,” manager Paul Simpson explained.

“We just have to get back to believing we’re a good side and showing we’re a good side. If it’s not going to happen, let’s give it everything we’ve got and have a right good go at teams, not just let it trickle away.

“Look, 19 clean sheets is huge. You don’t achieve that by being a poor side, you don’t score 60 goals by being a poor side. We’re not a bad side, we’re a good side, we’ve just got to get back to showing what we’re really capable of.”

“I’m delighted with the way we’re defending,” he added. “I thought Tomas Holy made a couple of brilliant saves at the weekend, the one on one, and the one where he stretched out with his right arm.

“He’s played really well, we defended well, we’ve shown we can be a really hard team to beat at the moment. The big thing for me, I just want us to take the shackles off and be a bit more free-flowing and more positive about our in-possession stuff.

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“If we do that and marry that up with the desire we’re showing to keep a clean sheet, we can get back to winning ways. There are a lot of good things there, and maybe we need to look at shape.

“Maybe we’ve gone away from being that front foot attacking team because of that shape. That’s something I’ll need to have a look at because my head at the moment is saying we were still aggressive in our front play with the shape we’ve got now, but we may need to look at something different to try and force us to get results.

“It’s definitely all on us. The supporters gave us the backing at the start of the game, I thought they went a bit quiet after the first 15 minutes but they came back to life towards the end of the game and we’ve all got to stick together.

“The fans can play a massive part, and we’ve got to make sure we play a massive part as well. For me, that is going and grabbing the bull by the horns and doing something about it, not just sitting back and waiting.”


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