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Town boss Russell Slade after the 3-0 defeat at the Checkatrade Stadium.

10 February 2018

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BOSS Russell Slade admits that his side's lack of quality in both boxes cost them again as Town went down to a 3-0 defeat at Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon.

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Speaking after the game, he said: ''I'm obviously disappointed with the result.

''I don't think that was a fair reflection on the performance to be honest, we were more than capable for the first hour.

''Obviously goals change football matches and they've managed to nick a penalty on the stroke of half time that gave them ommentum going in and then the second goal was a bit of a killer.''

On things not going for the side in both boxes

''That's what its about, being ruthless in both boxes, ensuring that we're putting our bodies on the line and defending properly and then when we go forward ensuring that we get bodies in the box and finish things off.

''An example is in the first 10 or 15 minutes. We've managed to get in the final third six times to their one, so we're getting into the right areas off a decent structure and strategy but we're not coming up with the final pass or shot to work the keeper or score a goal.

''You just have to keep working hard to change things around. Ask Harry (Kewell), they couldn't win a football match and they managed to nick a couple of results and build up some momentum so it can happen and it needs to happen for us sooner rather than later.''

On what message he has for the fans

''We're doing our best, we're giving them our best and we hope we can keep going.

''We're working hard at what we do and hopefully things will turn around.

''That's just a life thing, not a football thing. You've got to work hard and if things go wrong, you have to work even harder to do things right.

''You have to take ownership of the situation as a group because nobody is gonna help us get there. We've gotta do it ourselves.

On Cambridge away next week

''We're obviously seeking to change the run every week, we're not trying to make the run last any longer and we're doing everything we possibly can to turn it around.

''The group's good enough and together enough - which is important - and it has the right attitude.

''You've got to question the fact that we played so well and got beat 3-0 today but that's because in the moment, we've not defended well enough and that has to improve.''

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