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Cox reflects on Crawley clash

19 September 2020

First team manager Neil Cox provided his reaction to iFollow Iron after United lost 1-0 away to Crawley Town.

After Tom Nichols scored the winning goal for the home side in the first half, the Iron fought back but to no avail.

Cox said: “I’m a little bit frustrated with the result, we got beat but we played really well in large parts of the game. In fact, we controlled the game, again it’s a silly goal that we’ve conceded. We didn’t switch on.

“We got ourselves in great positions but didn’t hit the final pass. We did lots of neat passing but we didn’t really hurt them like we’d like to.”

Talking about the positives he saw from the players, he said: “Kenan Dünnwald-Turan came in for his first start for us and led the line for us. Other players like Alex Gilliead were superb but I’m going to keep saying it's about the team and not the individuals.

“Kenan is a tired boy after his 90 minutes. Obviously we had to change one sub at half time with Harrison (McGahey) coming off with a little bit of hamstring strain.

“We had to change the way we play, I had to keep Kenan on which isn’t ideal for his first game. I think the fans will like the player though.

“Harrison is a little bit sore at the minute, as his hamstring is a little bit tight.”

Mason O’Malley made his league debut today, coming on as a substitute for McGahey at half-time, and Cox commented: “I thought he did really well, and he gets into some good positions. He came on and after two minutes got in a great position to pick somebody out and he just rushed it.

“We’ve been working with Mark Lillis on that final decision and that final cross, picking somebody out.”

Talking about players who are presently out through injury, the manager discussed how the rest of the squad were. He explained: “Olufela Olomola is back in training but we have to be careful with him. Also, John McAtee will be back in the building next week.

“Manny (Onariase) is fit to train. There are a lot of bodies on the training ground but the season’s going to start coming thick and fast and we’ve got many games to play.”

Discussing training before the next game, the manager said: “I’d like to try to get an in-house game this week or do a serious hard fitness day. Jordan Clarke could do with some minutes under his belt but it’s very difficult to get games in with the COVID-19 situation.

“We just have to get on with it and work hard in the training ground."

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