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Cox reflects on point against Morecambe

21 November 2020

First team manager Neil Cox provided reaction to iFollow Iron after his side drew 1-1 at home against Morecambe on Saturday.

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After Manny Onariase’s first goal for the team in the 80th minute, a stoppage time goal by Morecambe's Aaron Wildig ensured the visitors a share of the spoils.

Cox said: “I’m disappointed that we conceded so late on, as I thought we put in a really good shift today. We didn’t play exciting football but we stuck to it after two really difficult away games.

“Seven points out of three games has been an excellent week of football and we go again Tuesday.

“We’ve had a couple of the senior boys who are back in and getting fitter, but we tired today - especially in the last 20 minutes.

“We managed to take the lead. I’m disappointed we didn’t manage to keep it but I thought the effort and the desire to get on the ball and to defend as a team was excellent.”

Discussing the team’s performance, he said: “I think the boys are disappointed but we get on with it. We're three unbeaten now so look forward to Tuesday night."

Commenting on Kevin van Veen being substituted off early in the game, Cox said: “Kev started the game but came off with not a hamstring, but more of a nerve situation. The new substitutes rule gave us the option to change it quickly and not risk him. So, we’ll see how he is in a couple of days and go from there.

“Kev has also dislocated his finger badly and he’s got a chip in it, so again we’ll have to be careful with that. It’s far from ideal as he’s been in and out of the hospital for the last couple of days going to get scans and seeing specialists.

“This happened in the Oldham game and he might need an operation, but we’re trying to put off - but if he falls on it, it could be dangerous.”

Discussing other players, he said: “We just have to be careful with Jordan Clarke, but Jai Rowe did well (at Port Vale). The young boys are here to play football and he did well so he stays in the side.

“I didn’t need to put Jordan on the bench but he should come back into the fold for Tuesday and we'll see how he is then. We’ll be training on Monday and I’ll pick a team from that.

“Jai was excellent in the second half. He got forward like we want him to because I think our two full-backs, especially Jai, need to get forward. He linked up well with Gilly (Alex Gilliead).

“I’m not expecting Junior (Brown) just yet as he’s trying to catch up on his match fitness. He just sits in there and does a job but I think the fitter he gets and the more games we play, we’ll get better.”

Looking ahead to Tuesday night’s home game against Bolton, the manager commented: “We’ve got a lot of tired bodies and we’ve got to wrap them up until Monday morning and see who is raring to go on Tuesday night.

“We’ll keep them ticking over and just have a look because we might have to rest one or two - we’ve got to be careful.”

See much more from Neil Cox on iFollow Iron. Grab an iFollow match pass for Tuesday night's home game against Bolton Wanderers here.


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