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Boss rues defensive errors

23 November 2013

Manager Paul Cox has deemed today’s defensive display in our 5-4 defeat at Fleetwood Town as ‘unacceptable’.

Our team were 1-0 down after just 22 seconds at Highbury, but fought back and were just moments away from earning a deserved point, when Fleetwood snatched maximum points deep into injury time.

“To say I am unhappy is an understatement,” said Cox.

“We’ve come away from home and scored four goals, the last of them two minutes from the final whistle, but still ended up losing the game.

“You can’t defend like we did and hope to win a football match. It’s not rocket science.

“So close to the end, to give away a goal from some bad decision-making was atrocious. I am gutted for the supporters.”

Our boss continued: “There were some absolutely fantastic individual performances out there today. 

“Chris Clements was outstanding, Godfrey Poku covered every blade of grass, Ross Dyer looked really good, Ollie Palmer led the line well and Junior Daniel was again excellent.

“I know I have a nucleus of really good players, but I can’t legislate for stupid defensive errors that cost us like that.”

“We were away to a team that has been in the top three of this division all season. We knew they were good going forward, but we caused them a lot of problems. 

“We played some good stuff and scored some good goals, but we have got a soft underbelly and it is my job to cure that.

“The time for pats on the back and applauding people is over. We have to get down to business.”

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