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Cox: Work ethic can't be faulted

26 October 2013

Manager Paul Cox insists the work-ethic of our players can’t be faulted, despite today’s 1-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle at One Call Stadium.

The Pilgrims snatched victory in the third minute of stoppage-time, when Neal Trotman rose highest to head home Conor Hourihane’s free-kick.

Our boss said: “The lads have worked extremely hard and we didn’t play badly today. Nobody can question their efforts.”

“We played well and we played some good football, but we just haven’t finished them off in the terms of the chances we created.

“Some of the football we played was similar to what you see in the Premier League, but it doesn’t matter because in the papers tomorrow, it’ll still say we lost 1-0.

Cox continued: “We made five changes and I thought the lads that came in played brilliantly. ‘Mitch’ (Liam Mitchell) didn’t really have anything to do, until he picked the ball out the net.

“But this game comes up and haunts you, if you don’t be ruthless, and we wasn’t ruthless infront of goal and we wasn’t ruthless in our own box in stoppage-time.

“It’s a simple equation. In this game, it doesn’t matter what you do between both boxes. It’s what you do in both boxes, what counts.

Our boss added: “I understand people’s frustrations, but this football club needs a strong mindset.

“We’re coming into November and we were in a Play-Off position before this game, but we need to remember who we are and where we are.

“Sometimes we need to get behind the boys when things aren’t going so well and we’re not putting the ball in the back of the net.

“Since I’ve been at this football club, we have never had a season when everything has gone rosy, but in the face of adversity we’ve always come strong.”


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