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Slade: "The Player's Attitude Was Fantastic "

7 May 2017


BOSS Russell Slade was pleased with the attitude of his players on the final day of the season as Town drew 1-1 with Plymouth Argyle and is now eager to push on with preparation for next season.

The Mariners finished 14th with the draw, which also stopped Plymouth from capturing the League Two title and the Town manager thought it was a point his players deserved.

Speaking after the game, he said: '' I thought our attitude today was fantastic, they weren't gonna win the championship at our place today. That wasn't gonna happen despite a bit of help.

''It was obviously good to see we were fully up to the game and we made a fabulous start and, got ourselves in front and should've got ourselves 2-0 up.

''We had a couple of chances and I think we could've extended our advantage but it was what it was, you're always gonna expect a Plymouth team to come back in the second half but they've scored from an offside goal which is disappointing.

''There just seemed to be a few decisions not go out away, I've never known a home side have so many free kicks in and around their own box.

''The consistency troubled me today, there's a huge difference between the full time referees in League One and Two and if we can make that better that will only help enhance our game and help us make better decisions as an industry.''

Thoughts now turn to next week, where the squad will find out their futures when they meet the manager on Tuesday.

Slade said: ''We'll reflect again, we've had one board meeting and we've got another on Monday, and the players have all got slots on Tuesday.

''That's always been the case so nothing has changed from that point of view, so decisions on who has been retained and who has been released will be with you Tuesday or Wednesday, probably Wednesday I imagine after we've spoken to everybody.

Captain Craig Disley left the field in the final minutes to huge applause around the ground, though Slade refused to confirm whether it was his last game for the club after six seasons, stating that he thought the midfielder deserved it for his service to the club.

Asked if much should be read into it, he said: '''Not really, I thought for the service anyway that he's given to this football club, it was a gesture that was warranted,

''He's been fantastic for me since he's been here and that's the dilemma really.

''Ben Davies came off with a bit if a calf industry as well but some of the senior players here have been terrific but we have to look at things with a balanced view and look forwards as well.

The Town manager has already turned his attentions towards next season and is now looking to move the club forward after securing their EFL status this campaign.

He said: '''I think there's a lot of work to be done, I really do and we've got to almost rebuild o a certain extent but the football club has done great.

''We've established stability and having established that stability, its now an opportunity, that we need to grab with both hands, to move forward and take the club forward. ''

The Town boss will make his decisions on Tuesday. Stay here for news throughout the day.     

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