Danny Coyne's thoughts after the Bradford City gameDanny Coyne was disappointed as Shrewsbury Town began their post Micky Mellon era with a 2-0 defeat at Bradford City. The caretaker gaffer believed their first half display cost them.
He said: "I thought we had a plan at the start of the game and we didn't stick to what we said we were going to do in the first half. We came in at half time a goal down and we know we could have prevented it. In the second half we did what we said we were going to do and I thought we were a lot better and created more chances.
"It is just a killer blow when you get done in the last minute with a penalty when one of the lads slipped over in the box. It is disappointing in that respect but I couldn't fault the effort from the lads and they gave everything and I am thankful for that.
"You have to dust yourselves down straight away and I think we did that. You have to be calm and try and get back in the game. We had a chat in the second half and we spoke about all the things we weren't doing and we tried to put it right in the second half but we just couldn't get the goal."
Despite the defeat Coyne felt Town performed well overall against the high-flying Bantams.
He said: "I thought we did enough to earn something. We were away from home against a team that was unbeaten in the league so we know it was a big ask. But everyone was up for it and if we had stuck to what we said in the first half then it may have been different. We came out second half and the longer it was going the more edgy the crowd was getting. You could see their players were as well so we had the momentum but unfortunately right at the death you concede the penalty. I don't think it was a 2-0 game."
The goalkeeper coach admitted it was a different experience managing the team and praised the staff for their attitude in preparing for the game under difficult circumstances.
He said: "It is very different being manager. You are fronting everything and the responsibility lies with me.
"You think about things in a completely different way. You're in charge of everybody when usually you are just responsible for the goalkeepers. It was an extra responsibility and the staff were great helping me. I wanted to make sure not too much was changed and keep the continuity. I wanted to take as much pressure off the lads as I could to try and get them to perform. It's a big difference for them as some will be worrying about their future and if they will be surplus to requirements under a new manager. Everybody is in the same position and all we can do is do the best we can in training and be positive.
"Everybody has been all hands on deck but unfortunately we just didn't get the result we wanted. You have all the best intentions in the world but you don't get the result and that is disappointing and what matters. You take full responsibility for the result but it was a different experience and the lads gave everything for me and for each other. Unfortunately sometimes it just doesn't work out."
Coyne believes the manager's job at Shrewsbury is a great opportunity and expects a lot of interest to come in for the role.
He said: "My job at the minute is a day to day thing.
"I have spoken to the chairman and they are in the process of looking for another manager and we all know that. I will just keep in charge as long as I need to and go from there. It's a League One job and it's a great job to have. It's a fantastic club with a great chairman who loves the club. He just wants to make the right appointment now and make sure everything is moving in the right direction."