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Russ Wilcox: It was a game of two halves

24 October 2019

Under-23s manager Russ Wilcox labelled his side’s display as a “game of two halves” following the 5-2 win over Bottesford Town.

The Iron led 4-0 going into the interval, but would lose the second half 2-1 following five substitutions.

Speaking to iFollow Iron after the game, he said: “(I was) really pleased first half and really disappointed with the second half. It was a game of two halves. 

“I was pleased with the application and the attitude. We should be coming to these kind of places and scoring goals which we did in the first half. We created a lot of chances and it was nice to score from three set plays and it was good to get minutes into some players.”

The fixture was set up to celebrate the installation of Bottesford’s new LED floodlights and to also celebrate the partnership between the two clubs, also providing a good opportunity for more minutes.

“It’s great to be able to open the floodlights and perform here,” Wilcox continued. 

“The pitch looks great. They’ve worked hard as a club to do lots of things and it’s looking really good here and it’s nice to give something back.”

Wilcox was disappointed his team couldn’t build on the 4-0 margin created in the opening 45 minutes.

“We should be scoring goals and we were clinical at times,” he stated. 

“Jordy (Hallam)’s goal was onside - we’ve looked back at that one. 

“Second half, to be honest, was really disappointing. We had too many touches of the ball, didn’t move it about quick enough and we didn’t react off disappointment well enough. We’ve got to stay professional until the end. 

“We made five changes at half-time and it shouldn’t have made a lot of difference but it did. We didn’t get going and to concede two - which could have been three if Tom didn’t make a terrific save - is disappointing.”

The side are back at Birkdale Park next Tuesday for a home encounter in the Central League with Walsall the visitors. Speaking ahead of that encounter, he added: “We’ve got to do a lot better. There’s a lot to learn, certainly from the second half performance. 

“We should have been scoring more goals and winning seven-or-eight-nil. To get beat 2-1 in the second half, credit to Bottesford, but that shouldn’t be happening.

“They’ve got to have a good look at themselves in terms of what was produced in the second half. I don’t want to take anything away from the first half because we played some nice football.”

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