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“We never gave ourselves a chance”

13 April 2013

Steve McGinn reflects on a disappointing defeat to one of the League’s finest sides

By Matt Johnson

Automatic promotion hopefuls Bournemouth produced a masterful performance to see off Town 3-0 at the Greenhous Meadow, a result midfielder Steve McGinn refused to argue with.

“It was disappointing, they’re at the top of the league for a reason,” said McGinn. “They’ve come here on good form, so it was a challenge for us to try and stop them. It’s disappointing to lose an early goal, so we never gave ourselves a chance in the game and for it to be another penalty as well was really disappointing.

“On paper we knew coming into this game we’d have to be on the top of our game to get a result and we knew with them coming here having won six on the bounce it would be tough. With them going 1-0 up after five minutes, we didn’t get close enough to them.”

The Cherries’ high-pressing game forced mistakes from the Shrews and condemned Town to back-to-back defeats, but McGinn thinks the upturn is just around the corner.

“Yeah the high pressing probably did it. We never got going in an attacking sense at all. We definitely weren’t good enough on the back of a few good performances in previous games so it’s disappointing all-round.

“I think we were very unlucky down at Yeovil not to come away with something from the game and now I’m desperate for Saturday to come because we’ve got to make this up to everyone from this heavy defeat.”

With three games remaining against teams in and around the relegation mire, including two at home, Town have it all to play for and McGinn is itching to get back out to fight for the points.

“It’s in our own hands. We’ve got to go down to Colchester to try and win the game and if we win the game then we’ll go four points ahead of them, so that’s a massive incentive in itself.

“It’ll be nice to finish the season with two home games, two good opportunities to finish the season strongly with a couple of wins, so we’ll definitely be trying to do that.”

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