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Moore: A Good Away Point

29 October 2016

CARETAKER manager Dave Moore is pleased with the efforts of his players in the goalless draw with Yeovil Town on Saturday afternoon, and believes that it was a good point for his side.

Speaking after the game, which was his first in caretaker charge after Paul Hurst left the club earlier in the week, Moore said: ''I was pleased with them. I thought they did very well. Obviously Yeovil were going for 12 points out of 12, which is hard for anybody to get in any division so you know, I couldn't fault our effort.

''I thought we were the better team in the first half but I thought they were better, certainly for a period, in the second half before we got back into it and might have pinched something right at the end but overall, we certainly had some spells where we had good composed possession of the ball and looked threatening in the first half.

Many thought Town should have been awarded a penalty in the first half when Omar Bogle was brought down in the box, but nothing was given, and Moore also felt at the time that the referee should have pointed to the penalty spot.

He said: ''I thought it was a penalty, whether it was or not I dont know. It wasn't because the referee didn't give it but I thought it was early doors and then Omar had a good shot and then I said not to get too frustrated and to just keep going but I can't fault their effort and I'm very pleased with them.

Asked if there was any disappointment that the isde didn't get the three points, Moore said: ''If you'd have said to me yesterday that you'd get a point then would I get on the coach? Proably not but I'll take it.

''You actually you come away thinking you could've done a bit better, you know but overall, I'm satisfied with a point.''

Moore made two changes to the side that lost against Cheltenham Town last week, with Scott Vernon and James Berrett coming in for Kayden Jackson and Dominic Vose in a move that the caretaker boss said was mainly  to give the players that came in a chance to show what they could do. 

''I thought Omar perhaps needed someone so he wasn't the target man and I think Scott Vernon' s a smashing player so it was much more abut giving two people a chance than leaving two people out.

''The two people that I left out (Vose and Jackson) I think are smashing players but  I like James Berrett and think he finds nice positions out there so I think they're all good players at a club that's doing okay and you are gonna have some good players on the bench, which we definitely have, and the three lads that came on showed that.   

The caretaker boss made several attacking substitutions in the final period of a game in bid to earn all three points, with Rhys Browne, Brandon Comley and Kayden Jackson all coming on, and he was pleased with the impact that they made on the day.
''I could hear Brian Little's voice in my head saying 'take your point, take your point'. I was actually assistant manager to Brian Little at Hull and at 0-0 with ten minutes to go, I was saying push forward and he was like 'take your point' but then you never know if you could pinch it at the death.

''I was delighted with the lads that went on, I thought Brandon in particular did very well when he went on and then Rhys Browne and Kayden Jackson at the end.

''We put Kayden on because he's a threat and is quick so yeah, overall, lots and lots of positives.

The club now take a break from league action when they head Bolton Wanderers in the First Round of the FA Cup next weekend, which is a fixture that Moore is looking forward to and will be hoping for the same effort from his players if he remains in charge for the fixture.

He said: ''We've got a good week coming up now with the FA Cup, no league points at stake and a great game for us to go to Bolton. Whether that's with me in charge or not, we'll see.

''The chairman will give me a quick ring on the way home and tell me what's happening so if he stays there's someone coming in then that's absolutely fine and if not, I'll be quite happy to take them to Bolton and if we get the same workrate and application that we got today then we'll give a good account of ourselves again. ''

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