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Micky, "We’ve been undone by a fine detail from a corner"

3 January 2015

Gaffer disappointed with defeat but looks to team to bounce back

Micky Mellon was naturally disappointed after today’s narrow loss at Burton. The Brewers won 1-0 thanks to George Raft’s thunderous volley, with the Town chief admitting he wouldn’t hit a better one.

“I thought the performance was very good and we’ve been undone by a fine detail from a corner,” said Micky. “Apart from maybe 10-15 minutes of the second half when we stopped doing the things that have brought us success, we were in total control and the performance was pretty good. We’re disappointed at losing a goal like that but that lad will never hit a better one in his life. It hurts but we’ll dust ourselves down and move on.

“We got opportunities at the end where we’ve rolled the ball across goal and maybe not hit the target and when Mickey Demetriou fires over you’re thinking it’s not going to be your day. You’re hoping he’s going to slot that in, but credit to the lad for getting up there. Technically, he’s a very good footballer and we worked the ball well to make the chance but it just wasn’t to be.

“I wanted to get strikers on the pitch because I felt they would sit deep after they scored and they did that. We’ve done really well since losing at Exeter so there’s no need for me to come out and say anything really. Maybe a final pass or our final cross could have been better, and with a wee bit more composure we might have been having a different conversation. We’re disappointed not to send our fans home with something. I mean how good were they today by the way? That’s as good as it gets for me so we’re all really disappointed not to send them home with what they really deserved.”

The manager refused to be drawn on any transfer speculation with the January window open. He didn’t expect any movements of any significance though he did say they might want to extend Bobby Grant’s loan from Blackpool.

Finally, the manager said he would be digesting the result and performance before focusing on the next game – a televised clash at fellow promotion hopefuls Luton on Thursday evening.

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