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Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans answers a few questions following Saturday's game against Peterborough.

20 October 2019


Gaffer at the Weekend

Steve Evans answers a few questions following Saturday's game against Peterborough.

20 October 2019

The Manager answers a few questions.

Q: Although disappointed, how pleased were you with the overall performance against Peterborough?

A1.... The performance from the lads was excellent.

There is no dispute in the facts that we were by far the better team, but at the same time lost.

Posh are a club where the Chairman, Darragh MacAnthony, and his fellow Directors have invested millions of pounds in that squad both in the way of transfer fees and wages, they rightfully can expect a promotion challenge.

Q: In open play we were not threatened all that much and only a fantastic solo strike and a penalty have deprived us getting a result?

A2.... In every aspect yesterday we deserved to win, but football can at times be so cruel.

Yes, a great strike for the opening goal and it was certainly a penalty after a second of madness when we defended a corner.

We had 17 efforts at goal, twice as many final third entries as our opponents and missed several good chances.

It was hard to take, but we move on now and focus on the next match.

Q: It must have been encouraging to see us make good chances against such a strong side and arguably we should have secured a point right at the death?

A3.... A point is the very least we deserved against, it has to be said, an excellent team.

I regard Oxford United as the strongest team we have faced this season but there is such a long way to go. The football season is a marathon and not a sprint, that must not be forgotten so early in a season.

Q: Some really nice Football was played from us and for the majority of the first half we bossed proceedings?

A4.... The lads played some super football, they believed in the plan we set out.

I can say now we will play a lot worse and win.

Q: A big week coming up now with trips to Shrewsbury and Accrington. What's the plan training/travel wise for both?

A5.... The boys will be prepared and fresh for both really tough encounters.

We will train on Monday, travel very early on Tuesday to Shrewsbury and then the lads will relax, plus focus, ahead of the match. A very late night home for all of us but it's always an easier journey when you have added to your points tally.

Later in the week we will be back on the training ground and then leave early on Friday before training in the north west in the afternoon.

Two very tough matches and each will be very different but great games to be involved in.

Q: How important are these two fixtures?

A6...  They are very important simply given they are our next two matches.

Performances over a season are key and what the lads delivered yesterday and away at Portsmouth last week certainly give us belief.

Q: Finally, it's the first round draw for the FA Cup tomorrow. Ideally is it a home draw you are after?

A7.... As a manager you always want to be at home in any Cup match.

The lowest ranked team in the tournament would be nice but we cannot affect ultimately what the draw will be so we will accept and prepare accordingly for whatever we are given.

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