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Cox speaks after loss at Morecambe

13 April 2021

First team manager Neil Cox provided his reaction to iFollow Iron after the 4-1 away loss at automatic promotion-chasing Morecambe.

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13 April 2021

Substitute Alfie Beestin pulled a goal back late on but Cox felt the heavy defeat was deserved on the night.

He said: "We're really disappointed. We knew it was going to be difficult, as they're a good side, but we faltered. When we passed the ball better, we didn't get into good areas, and we conceded poor goals all night really.

"For the first goal, he (Cole Stockton) strikes it really well and for the second one he (Carlos Mendes Gomes) is played onside too easily, gets the opportunity and it's another goal.

"Then the two goals we conceded in the second-half just summed it up really. It was a poor non-league mentality (for the goals), because at 2-0 we felt we'd still get chances, which we did, but we just lacked quality in the final third. We passed it well enough but were missing that quality and a lot of my players weren't at it.

"We've focused so hard this season on how to defend and when to defend properly, but we were a little bit open because we wanted to try and play football against these, and we got punished when we were too open.

"A bit of honesty came out in the changing room after the game, and some people can take it while some can't. I'm the manager of this football club and want to push this club forward, and at times I have to tell players that I'm not happy.

"There were choice words and some people needed it. There are still games left and points to play for. Yes, I understand people make mistakes but it's the way they react after them. We lacked togetherness on the night.

"We have a tough game on Saturday (at Forest Green Rovers) but I'll make sure we're ready for it and we'll have a right good go, and get people in fighting for their team mates and this football club. It's about us all sticking together, battling and getting a bit of spirit back."

He explained why Teddy Howe was brought off just before half-time, adding: "Teddy Howe is excellent going forward and was very lucky not to be sent off, so I had to bring him off and take him away from that because we can't afford a suspension. We're down to the bare bones as it is."

Striker Harry Jessop came on for his first team debut in the second-half, and Cox added: "I felt for Harry coming on when 4-0 down, but he tried to have a go.

"Mase (O'Malley) was excellent going forward yet again and is showing a lot of promise, but in other places some people went through the motions a bit and there were unprofessional performances there."

See much more from Neil Cox and Jem Karacan on iFollow Iron.

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