The Gaffers thoughts after the home draw with CountyNewport County visited the Greenhous Meadow for the first time with Town looking to build on the win over Carlisle United on Tuesday night.
It was an afternoon of battling and ultimately a frustrating one for Town who only managed to pick up a point. The second half was the better for the home side who ended with a number of good chances but in the end Day in the County goal pulled off some important stops.
After the game Town manager Micky Mellon was asked if it had been a frustrating afternoon for his side:”You always want to win all of your home games but it was a keenly contested decent game.
“It was another where we had chances and we have to take those as it will change games.
“Full credit to the lads as they kept going and kept going and I said to them that they are going to get games like this over the season where you have to be resilient and make sure you keep the clean sheet so you come away with a minimum of a point.”
It was an exciting finish to the second half for Town who had a number of good chances to nick the 3 points but in the end it was only the one:”Ash has had that one right at the end, then the keepers made a great save from the corner and we flung everything we could to try and win the game, as we always do but in the end it wasn’t enough”.
Micky was asked if he felt over the 90 minutes of the game if his side had done enough to take all 3 points from their afternoons work:”Overall chances wise we would have to say yes we did enough to win the game.
“We had some fantastic chances, Jean-Louis in the first half, Ash at the end, a couple of efforts that whistled over the bar.
“This is League 2 football and we have an honest group of players who will battle away but sometimes need that little bit of craft and magic to open a team up.
“We got a lot of crossed into the box but we probably have to be a little better at getting on the end of them.”
At the final whistle it was Newport County who were celebrating the point but Micky is only interested in his own sides attempt to take the 3 points:”I’m not interested in what they think about taking a point from the game, I’m just interested in us picking up three.
“It’s a cleensheet and we’ve started another little run of results, you have to take the positives out of the game.
“We know we have to be better in front of goal and turn some of these opportunities that we are creating into goals.”
During the game Micky was quick to use his substitutions bringing on Anthony Griffith at half-time and then James Collins and Ashley Vincent with 30 minutes of the game remaining:”We felt we were getting over run in the midfield because we weren’t physical enough.
“We needed to get a grip of things and wanted to get people up against their three centre-backs.
“We had to be bold and go for it as we want to win every game we play, if we score we say it was successful, but we didn’t score today.”
The focus will now switch to Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Norwich City but first Micky will look at today’s game and digest that:”We will digest today’s game before I start thinking about the Norwich game too much.
“It will be a great night for the football club but we need to dust ourselves down and get ourselves ready for it.”