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Cox reacts to Cambridge game

17 October 2020

First team manager Neil Cox provided his reaction to iFollow Iron after his side suffered defeat to Cambridge United on Saturday.

A brace of penalties from Paul Mullin gave the U's a first-half lead before the advantage was extended just after the break through Luke Hannant.

Joe Ironside then netted a fourth and fifth following the dismissal of Myles Hippolyte for a second bookable offence.

Cox told iFollow Iron: "I'm bitterly disappointed and take full responsibility. I pick the team, do the shape and tell them how we want to play so I have to look at myself more than anybody else.

"I've been brought into the club to bring these young players through, to try and make a good team and good careers for these players, and today everything went wrong.

"We started the game well again and had a couple of great opportunities, and just couldn't take them. The first big decision was the penalty decision, and it was never a penalty in my view. We then went 1-0 down and then conceded another penalty just before half-time, which was a penalty.

"We tried to get in at half-time and have a word, in my way, about what needs to be done, and obviously Myles took it a little too much and made a couple of rash tackles, although he was maybe unlucky with the second one because he didn't really catch him, though got himself sent off.

"We were then dead and buried, and we looked like a young inexperienced team that had not played together before.

"We're getting them in tomorrow to watch the video, have a chat and will go again on Tuesday (at Cheltenham). They're young boys and need to learn, so we're going to go through it in a calm way tomorrow when the emotions are taken from the game.

"We have a game on Tuesday and will get the lads going again. I'm here to manage this football club and I'm going to keep pressing them, pushing these boys and work them even harder, but I've got to man some of them up and it's got to be quickly. If I have to really get stuck into some of them, then that's what I'm going to do."

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