Manager Russell Slade has refused to be downbeat following our one nil loss to Millwall earlier today, insisting we had the better chances in the tight game and really should’ve come out with a point to show for our efforts, if not all three.
Speaking to Wales Online following the match, the manager explained that having won his first two matches in charge, today wasn’t a reality check, but he was disappointed with the response of the players when we did fall behind.
‘I’m not sure reality check is the right word, I thought it was a really hard fought game, there are fine lines sometimes. I was disappointed with the way we conceded the goal, the goalkeeper was bundled over a little bit, but we still must be much tighter marking.’
Slade goes on to say that despite their not being an awful lot in the game, apart from that goal conceded he thought we had created the best two opportunities of the game and he felt our play in the first 20 minutes had deserved us going ahead but we couldn’t take the advantage.
‘What did disappoint me was for the 15 to 20 minutes after Millwall scored, I don’t think we reacted well enough to the situation. We did not stay in control, we did not do the things we’ve talked about, the things we’ve worked on. That’s something we need to learn from. We ran out of a few ideas.’
Confirming that he was far from downhearted though, because this is still a learning curve for him with the team at this stage, he admits in the dressing room afterwards he told the players they lost the game in that 20 minutes spell because we didn’t take charge and react but on the basis of the other 70 minutes we at least deserved a point if not more.
However, again with the learning curve, he admits he saw things from the team he hadn’t seen before and he saw weaknesses that he can now work on during training to make us better, and make us improve but he’s still seeing the ‘positive’ steps that show we are moving forward even if he’s got a few more negatives he can pick out.
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