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REACTION - Slade Disappointed Fans Didn't Get Performance

29 April 2017

BOSS Russell Slade was disappointed that his players didn't respond to the atmosphere created off the pitch with a performance on it in the 3-1 loss at Barnet on Saturday afternoon.


Over 1,200 Town fans made the trip down to the capital for #OperationMariachi but despite the party atmosphere, Town went down to defeat on the day.


Speaking after the game, he said: '' I've got to apologise to the fans and the chairman because it was a poor first half from our point of view.


''We're away from home, there wasn't that intensity that I've seen and we've been a bit Jekyll and Hyde in terms of our home performances against our away performances.


''The first half against Cheltenham was not good and first half in particular today was not good.


''We were a little bit better in the second half but still not where we should be and we're chasing the game so its difficult. Some players were disappointing today for sure.''


Town were 2-0 down at the break, which led to Andrew Boyce and Calum Dyson coming on for Shaun Pearson and Jamey Osborne at the break.


Speaking about those changes, the Town boss said: ''Shaun Pearson was ill and he wasn't feeling very good so he came off and Boycey came on.


'' I just made the other change anyway because we needed to change the dynamic of the game as best we could but we didn't get off to the best start.


''Clem has given away a free kick on the edge of the box and we've not reacted to a second ball that that is put in and around the box and they've made it 3-0, which is game over in effect.


''We've huffed and puffed and got a good couple of opportunities through a set play more than anything else and got one back but too little too late.''


Zak Mills and James Berrett both missed out for Town through injury, and Slade felt that the side missed them on the day.


He said: ''Those two caught little injuries so it wasn't worth putting them forward.


''They'll need a bit of time to recover and maybe one will be back before the weekend or maybe not - we'll have a look at the situation.


''Those two do give you athleticism though and I thought we lacked that today.''


The Town boss also praised the travelling faithful for the atmosphere created on the day, and wishes that the side could have given them a better performance on the day.


He said: '''I feel sick for them really that we haven't given them the performance they deserved.


''They were magnificent from start to finish and I'm very proud of them.


''They were different class and they have been since I've come back but between us, we need to drive performances up away from home and consistently.''


Watch the full interview.



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