Manager Russell Slade and goalkeeper David Marshall have given their thoughts following the scoreless draw with Bristol City last night.
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With Shola Ameobi conspiring to miss the best effort of the night, we had to be happy with a point from the game, and both Slade and Marshall bemoaned our lack of consistency this season as being the reason for why we didn’t come out with a maximum return.
Beginning with the gaffer, he’s quoted by Wales Online following the match and for him he knew we weren’t at our best on the day, but he rubbished talk that the visitors were more up for the game than we were.
‘I thought we were below par, particularly in the first period. We did not have a creative edge to us. I`m happy enough that we are tight and resilient and that we got another clean-sheet, but we have to do a little bit more particularly at home in terms of creating opportunities for ourselves in the final third. I can`t really put my finger on why, but sometimes in football you just can`t find the levels that you`ve set yourselves and I thought we fell below it in the first period. We were better in the second-half, Joe Ralls coming on gave us a bit of an injection and Sammy Ameobi coming on, even though he missed a good chance in the end, he was in the right place in the right time. But he will be disappointed, he should have finished it.’
Slade went on to say that clearly there are still things to work on with the team, but he knows what they are and that’s what the players will be doing in training.
‘We will learn from this and move on. It`s Ipswich now, let`s see if we can get three points there. If we`d won against Bristol City we would have been two points of second place so there is no need for any doom and gloom. We have to be positive about what we are doing. We had a disappointing point at Preston and we backed that up against Middlesbrough, now we have to back this result up against Ipswich. We have to keep the momentum going.’
In his own post game press conference, Marshall concurred with the gaffer as he spoke to the official site.
‘It was a disappointing performance considering how well we have played at home this season. We had opportunities at the end to go and win it, but we can`t complain about the result considering the chances that Bristol had too. We beat Middlesbrough at home last Tuesday, who are man for man probably the best in the league. We`ve got quality players and we still create chances every game. I definitely think we`ve got it in us to be more consistent as well. We`ve got a good couple of games coming up against Ipswich and Leeds, and I`m sure we`ll get back performing how we have been in the last couple of months.’
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