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Cox: We can do better

12 October 2013

Manager Paul Cox has insisted that our team ‘can do better’, following today’s 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers at One Call Stadium.

Lee Stevenson’s first goal in The Football League put us ahead, but Keiran Murtagh’s own goal in the closing stages saw the visitors earn a deserved point.

“I thought it was a lethargic display and our mentality was all wrong” said Cox. “We probably scored at the right time, but then we took our foot off the pedal.

“The game was too open and it was too spread out. If you don’t pay the game respect, then you don’t get anything out of it.

“When they scored their equaliser, we took it up 20% and started to play. I’ve told the lads that they can’t just play for the last 10 minutes and expect to win a football match.

“The conditions were the same for both sides, and it’d have probably been an unfair result if we had won 1-0.”

Cox continued: “To give the lads credit I think they put a lot into Tuesday night‘s match, but there was a little bit of stiffness and tiredness in our performance.

“We need to raise standards now. There is a lot of people who have given us pats on the back, but I thought that [performance] wasn’t good enough today.”

 “Bristol Rovers aren’t a bad side. We don’t want to take anything away from them, because I thought they worked extremely hard and earned a deserved point.

“We were immense on Tuesday, but were lacking today in our mindset. I’ve told the boys to go home, enjoy their weekend and come back on Monday.

“We need to get back to doing what we’re good at, rather than trying to impress people.”

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