Gaffer pleased with second 45 in classic ‘game of two-halves’
Graham Turner saluted his side’s second-half fight-back to secure a 1-1 draw with Coventry City after the Sky Blues had bossed the opening exchanges at the Greenhous Meadow.
Callum Wilson put the visitors ahead after just four minutes and the away side should’ve added to the tally before the interval. But a sudden power-shift, owed largely to the introduction of new-boy Curtis Main at the break, saw Town level courtesy of Tom Bradshaw as the home side ended the dominant force.
“I thought we had a bright opening and got ourselves into one or two good positions, but the goal really set us back and we really went into a bit of a shell,” said Turner.
“We were quite poor in the first half, but second half we gave it a good go and showed a lot of resilience and a lot of spirit against a very good side, so it’s pleasing to come out with result that we have.
“We’ve got to be pleased with the way we went about things in the second-half. Obviously we made the change at half-time, Tom Bradshaw again with his goal, it was a terrific finish. So there is a lot of things that we could look back on and be encouraged by.”
Ryan Woods again caught the eye at right-back after impressing in his full debut at Rotherham last week, leading Turner to hail his performance as ‘outstanding’.
“The right-back decision was not a hard one after Woods’ performance against Rotherham last week and he had a terrific game today.
“Very rarely did he give the ball away and when confronted one-on-one he dealt with things. I thought he had an outstanding game again, and probably that’s not his best position!”
It’s three unbeaten, and just one league defeat all season for Town ahead of Oldham’s visit to the GM in the JPT on Tuesday, and Turner is hoping to keep the trend going as he looks to progress in the competition.
“You look at other results, and you’ve just got to keep plugging away at it. It’s been a good game against Coventry for a decent crowd. We’re in the entertainment business and both sides have provided a very good spectacle today. It was the same at Rotherham last week and the level we’re playing at now, it does test you week in week out.
“We want to progress in it [the JPT]. We’ve had a couple of seasons where our cup results have not been good enough and we would like to progress.
“It’s a good competition when you get to the later rounds, but to get there you’ve got to win the early ones, so we’ll put a strong a side out as we can.”
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