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REACTION: Positives To Take - Slade

Town boss Russell Slade believes his side acquitted themselves well in the 1-0 Carabao Cup First Round tie defeat to Derby County and saw plenty of positives from the performance against the Championship side.

22 August 2017

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Speaking after the game, he said: ''I thought it was a really competitive game.

 ''I thought we matched them and looked organised in what we did. We pressed them off a good structure and I don't think there was an awful lot in the game.

''We frustrated them for much of the first half and still looked a threat with surging runs from Dembele in paricular.

''Perhaps in that final third, we rushed things for that killer ball rather than one more pass so how we got the ball into the box probably let us down a little and then to be honest, just four minutes of madness in the second period where we'e not really cleared.

''We've switched off probably for the first time when the looping cross came in, we've not refocused our defensive duties and we got punished with a very soft penalty really.

''So that was a bit disappointing but that's the only disappointing thing today in fairness to the players and we were just a bit unfortunate on the night.

''We kept going even with ten men there was still a couple of half chances.

Going into more depth on the penalty decision that decided the game, Slade said:; ''I think it was soft, because we've not readjusted it means Clarkey's come out to the edge of the box where he shouldn't be but he's got himself there."

On Ben Davies' sending off.  

''It's very soft, I'm not sure you'd always get that decision which it what I mean by that and then with the sending off, he deserves the second yellow but the first one he's won it.

''I've just looked on the DVD, he's got contact on the ball so I'm very disappointed with the yellow there and hence the concistency I'm seeing in the middle right now is very frustrating.

''But it is what it is, we'll deal with it and we've just got to stick together. We're not on a great run apart from the first game but I think the signs are stll quite promising and we've given ourselves something to build on again tonight.''

The boss is now looking for some consistency in the coming weeks. 

Slade is looking for consistency from his players in the coming weeks and believes that this is what the club need to strive for as they prepare for the visit of Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

He said: ''There's the battle, you're looking for that level of consistency and that is the secret.

''It's not something you can do part time, it's something you've got to do every week.

''You've got to be at maximum, and we need to learn if we're gonna be successful then we've got to be hitting levels on a consistent basis that will help us climb the table and make us competitive come the end of the season. '' 

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