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Cox reacts to Carabao Cup game at Barrow

10 August 2021

First team manager Neil Cox provided his reaction to iFollow Iron after his side were narrowly defeated 1-0 in the Carabao Cup first round at Barrow.

A spectacular goal early in the second half from Dimitri Sea sealed the victory for the hosts.
 
"I'm disappointed with the result and the way we conceded the goal from a long throw, and a bit of a flick-on, although to be fair it was a great finish for an overhead kick," said Cox.
 
"There was not too much difference in terms of possession, and we had some great opportunities in the first half with their goalkeeper making really good saves (from Ryan Loft and Myles Hippolyte), and we had more chances to go in 1-0 or maybe even 2-0 at half-time but didn't take them.
 
"They improved a lot in the second-half and we changed it at the end to try and get back into it. Pughy (Tom Pugh) had a half-chance but we didn't create enough.
 
"As soon as they scored, they sat back and we found it difficult but we can take positives from the night. The players tried to do what we wanted to do, while some fresh faces came in and I thought a couple of the lads were excellent. Alex Perry looked like the player that we all believe he can be, in midfield, and people are fighting to get into the team on Saturday."
 
Talking about Jordan Hallam not being involved in the squad, Cox added: "Jordan Hallam has a little bit of a tight groin. He played the majority of last Tuesday's match at Grantham and then came on early against Swindon. He's just felt his groin a little bit. I can't see there being any problems and it was just a precaution really as we look after him."
 
Updating on Tyrone O'Neill and Tom Billson, who both came off with knee injuries against Swindon Town, he said: "We're still waiting for news on Tyrone and he went to see a specialist today, so we're hoping for some good news there in the next couple of days. Tom's gone back to Coventry and it's not as bad as we first thought, but he will be out for a little while. It's just a matter of seeing their specialists at Coventry and going from there."
 
Tom Collins wasn't on the bench, with Under-18s goalkeeper Jake Balme getting some valuable experience travelling with the first team squad.
 
He added: "Tom Collins has had a groin problem and did it in one of the friendly games when working on crossing in the warm-up. He's back in training and looking sharp though.
 
"Jake's done really well and we'll keep looking at the Under-18s, and the players Tony pushes forward."
 

See much more from Neil Cox and Alex Perry on iFollow Iron.


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