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Match Reaction | What Did Russell Slade Make Of The Exeter Performance

The Town boss talks to the press after the game.

11 November 2017

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11 November 2017

Town boss Russell Slade has again stated that his players need to start being clinical in the final third as they went down to a 2-0 loss to Exeter City on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking after the match, he said: ''Look, you have to keep it context. We played a good side today and a team that are pushing for an automatic slot right now.

''I'm disappointed with the start we made, we didn't really get around the sides or turn them at all.

''For the first 18 minutes we were playing in our half having to defend and making poor decisions and its from a poor decision that they've taken a quick free kick, he's ran off Dicko at the back post and scored so its a poor start for us but at least we stayed in the game.

''Second half, we set our stall out a bit better, looked more competitive and were having more of the ball and then they scored again at a really good time. It's a good finish on the counter attack and that's been costly really.

''We huffed and we puffed second half, DJ came on and made an impact from the bench but its not easy at a good team that's going well to get back.
''Our problem is obvious, we're not taken those chances and opportunities when they've come along''.

On not doing the basics well enough

''That's what cost us for sure. The one thing we have been is resolute and resilient at the back and as a team we have been so it's not just the back four.

''There's been no space to play in between us and making it difficult for the opposition.

''As I said, the difference between the teams is you have to do the basics really well in today's conditions, in and out of possession and we didn't do them well enough.. That's what disappoints me.

On DJ's impact and chances of playing next time

''Look, it's a clean slate, isn't it? I've stuck by that group a little bit and been fairly consistent with the one defeat in ten.

''But now we have to look at it and if we have to make changes, it gives everyone that's not started today an opportunity.

''I was looking forward to the game because I thought it would be a test, a barometer, and we've come up short.

''That is what's disappointing today. They're chasing a slot in the top three and we've come up short.''

On having to respond again next time out

''I think that is what football is about. It's about responding and about responding with determination and with a little bit of class and we've gotta do that and fight to show that.

''That's a footballer's life every day and every week. You have to respond and you have to take the negativity with the positivity," he added. 

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