Jacko's thoughts after the defeat at home to Peterborough United
Town went into the Peterborough game with the slightest of hopes that they could stay in the Sky Bet League 1. With just a few minutes on the clock some Town fans dared to dream after Jon Taylor's header had given Town the early advantage.
But those dreams were quickly shattered with three quick Posh goals, though a Tom Bradshaw strike just before the half-time break gave Town some hope for the second half. In the end Town put in the hard work in the second period but just lacked that finishing nous despite a number of decent chances on the Posh goal.
A late fourth for the visitors sealed a play-off place for Peterborough and resigned Town to relegation back to League 2.
After the game manger Mike Jackson spoke to the press to give his thoughts on the days game and it's outcome:”I'm obviously devastated.
“We knew it was going to be a tall order after the last couple of games and due to the fact that we were up against a good side today.
“I thought we showed a little bit of spirit and fight, especially in the second half but that wasn't enough.
“I've watched some of the goals back and it's unbelievable, people not marking and blocking, that doesn't come from quality, that comes from determination and desire, so that is disappointing.
“There are a few of them who came out of the game with some credit, I've said in the changing room everyones got to have a look at themselves and if they feel they are not responsible or they haven't played a part then they are very much mistaken.
“This club now has an opportunity to move forward and we've got to start building for the future and we can't let what has happened this season happen again.
“It's been a hard season for everyone and I feel for the supporters but we've got to make sure we develop this club from top to bottom.”
The focus at the club will now change to building and planning for next season. Despite only being given the Town job until the end of the season Jacko has spoken about how he has had to look at the planning for next seasons Town campaign, despite not knowing if he'll be given the job:”We've come up short and we've lacked the quality to compete at this level week in week out, I was listening to Gary Johnson at Yeovil last night and he was saying much the same.
“We show a lot of huffing and puffing and sporadic quality and work but the players aren't up to working at the intensity which is required in each game at this level.
“Some will achieve that in the future with the right guidance and the right application, but today against a team like Peterborough with their shape, size and power that they have got in the squad we've come up short. We have got to aspire to bring in players like that, agility, mobility, power, pace and a lot more quality.
“Sometimes you need to have a clean slate and bring in the players in that you want to, ones who are going to have that bit of steel and desire to work for the club, work for their teammates and most of all work for each other as a group.”
Jacko was asked if he felt that the fans had been short changed since Town's promotion up to League 1 two seasons ago:”I know they are going to be disappointed and we've spoken about what's gone wrong before.
“That's all gone now and we can't do anything about that, what we can do is build for the future.
“We need to look into why this has happened and how we move forward, if we don't do that then we will end up here again.
“I know the fans are disappointed, and so am I, this is a big thing for me as in my 24 years in football I have never been involved in a relegation battle . It's hit me hard but I've got to bounce back from it as well, it's a big learning curve for me.
“It is a big learning curve for me, I always ask myself could I have done better but there is one thing I know I have done, I've given everything and put the work in. I might have made the odd mistake with selection but every manager does that.”
Town will look to planning for a successful League 2 campaign next term but no one is thinking that it will be an easy task to challenge at the right end of the table:”It is very competitive and is a very different league than this one, that's why you need players who have played at the level and some young and hungry players amongst them who want to improve and be part of a group who are going to do that.
“If you get players in here you want them to have a vision as to where they want to go and that is what I am trying to create going forward.
“I want a club where people want to come and learn their football and become a better player.
“I want a club that is sustainable moving forward, it's no good throwing money at it because that won't work, what I want to do is bring players through, to nick players at the right time, the right age and work to develop them because that is what we need to do at this level.”