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📺 We Must Respond Again - Slade

23 September 2017

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TOWN boss Russell Slade has challenged his side to respond again with two home games coming up in the next week after the 1-0 defeat to Newport County on Saturday afternoon.

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Match Report: Newport County AFC 1-0 Grimsby Town

23 September 2017

Speaking after the game, he said: ''Well, obviously its on the back of two really good results and we were hoping to back it up.

''We know its a difficult place to come, I think they've only lost one game here all year so we knew it would be tough and to be fair to them they were on the front foot and in our faces.

''I would've liked us to defend more competently and that's from the goalkeeper to the back four and show that bit of composure because I thought we created our own pressure.

''They looked like it was chance after chance but actually we were creating those chances through making poor choices or poor decisions.''

 On the winning goal

 ''It was from a long throw where we've not dealt with first contact.

 ''It's bounced and we've not cleared it and it's a little toe end from five yards that's gone in.

''That's in the end the difference between the two sides because I thought as the second half progressed, we looked more of a threat.''

On taking advantage of spells

''You've just got to learn that every game is different. I asked last week when the period we could've dominated Yeovil last week was and they said the  first twenty minutes, which of course was right.

''We had our spell today in the last 15-20 minutes, that's when we've got to be ruthless and get our goals.

''When we're away from home we have to learn to defend with a bit more composure and clear the ball into the right areas and work as a team to get up the field and be compact and get back and be compact as well.''

On the upcoming home games

''We've got to regroup and react postively again, which we've done very well so far this season.

''We're gonna have to do it again and again if we can't get the run together that we all want but hopefully we can return to winning ways on Tuesday at home."

 On Jaisemi's impact

 ''He was a real threat and we nearly got a goal from it so he came on and that's what you want.

 ''He's there to make that impact and Dembele was having a fairly quiet game really so it was good that he came on and made that type of impression on the game and on another day might have got us something."      

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