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Mixed Response For Flitcroft

Manager David Flitcroft has admitted he has mixed reactions following our loss to Plymouth because our performance showed both the good and the bad of our game.

Speaking to the Official Site Flitcroft opened his after match interview by talking about a few of the positives he saw during the 90 minutes.

'Quite a few of the aspects of the game were good, our forward play at times is something that we have been working on, it was good, it was incisive and decisive. There was one moment where Danny Mayor and Craig Jones linked up, if it had gone in, it would have been a goal to win any game, but you have to keep clean sheets to win games and the defending left a lot to be answered for.'

Obviously defensively was the gaffer's major concern and he said he couldn't wait until 'today' where he could get in with the coaching staff and really evaluate the DVD and the game, because without doubt we have to improve in terms of how we defend because it left him very disappointed indeed.

With that criticism said though, he says even at this stage he is seeing improvements in our play, and conceding early isn't an issue for him because you still have time to get back into a game as long as you continue to believe in what you are doing and stick to the game plan, a single goal doesn't change that much, so he was pleased to see the team stick with that during the game despite going behind and he really did think we got what we deserved when Chris Sedgwick dragged us level again with his strike.

Heads didn't drop, the players stuck to it so he knows he has the foundation to work on, but of course being suckered again when he felt we were in charge of the game does leave a bad taste at full time.

Flitcroft again goes on to say that it won't be a quick fix even though he is seeing some improvement, and it's a long term plan to turn us around from what he says is 'two years of doing the wrong things' so he warns fans it will probably get a bit worse at points before it really gets better, but he knows the players are willing and they will need to be or he'll replace them.

Historically Christmas is usually a good indicator or where teams may lie come the end of a campaign, but the gaffer isn't buying into that because he knows the longer he works with the team, the more improvement we'll show and he'd be far more worried had we been in this position now but he'd had pre season with them. He knows we'll keep fighting and he genuinely believes that come the end of the season we'll still be in this division. Whether that's in a good place or by the skin of our teeth remains to be seen, but he's convinced we'll be here and he can then really look to kick us on next campaign.

The secret though for Flitcroft is we have to stop being a team that does well in spells, we need to be a team that does the right things for 95 minutes or however long injury time might be on a given day. We do that, and we'd already have more points to show in his mind.

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The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 23 2013

Time: 10:09PM


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