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A Mixed Day - Slade

TOWN boss Russell Slade had mixed emotions over the side's goalless draw with Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon, and says his team will continue to work hard to get things right in the final third.

14 October 2017

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Speaking after the game, he said: ''It was a little bit mixed really. It was always a potential banana skin in terms of a game, they're very pacy on the counter attack and have an excellent record away from home so that's always a threa and it  very important to keep the balance against them.

''I thought we created just about enough to nick the game and had a wonderful opportunity to collect all three points but we didn't do it.

''Nobody goes up there to miss a penalty on purpose, Sam created the opportunity on his own through his positivity going at the centre halves and that's really where the game could've been won.

''It's frustrating but I think we all need reminding that we haven't lost in four and that's one defeat in seven.

''It's another clean sheet, not giving any goals away but yeah, I would've liked us to have found that bit of quality in the final third and got that goal like every single fan but if you can't win a game, its important not to lose it.'' 

On lacking a cutting edge 

''Obviously we want to entertain and score goals but it's not always possible because you're playing against 11 other players that want to impose themselves on it. 

''When you're a fan of a football club you've got to be a what you wish for because we're stabilised at the minute. We could improve in certain areas but we are working hard to achieve that and if Dembele doesn't entertain then who does in League Two?

''There are certain things we get wrong and make wrong choices but that's life in League Two sometimes and you've gotta stay behind your team as much as you can.

''I get them telling us what they think at half time and full time but maybe the fact they booed is a good sign because we've not lost in four, so maybe that shows how far we've come. ''

On three home draws in a row

''I think games are very finely balanced at times in most leagues and sometimes it's that first goal that engineers an opening for you and you can get on top.

''In the last couple of games, neither team has managed to do that so it's all about goals at the end of the day and that's perhaps why he (a fan) doesn't feel he's been entertained because he's not seen any goals.

''It wasn't too long ago where we were leaking too many goals but we've addresed that but there's always something in football.

''We still need to be scoring but sometimes it's a process. We'll work on things and try to improve again. It's not that we're in an impossible situation, I don't know where we are after today but we were four points off the play-offs.

''I think we've shown some stability, it's small steps really and we need to make the next step.''

On Monday's FA Cup draw

''Obviously we've got the game Tuesday so that's more important but the FA Cup can be wonderful and you can gain momentun from a cup run.

''I've had some good cup runs, it's good for the club as well and it can be great if you can make the later rounds but we'll just wait and see, everybody wants a cup run really.

''Its lost it's appreciation over time, I've got to say as some Premier League teams don't always put out their strrongest sides in the early rounds but yeah, it's the one cup competition that's renowned all arund the world and perhaps should be appreciated more than it is.'' 

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