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Cox: I'm so proud of the boys

28 August 2021

First team manager Neil Cox provided his reaction to iFollow Iron after Myles Hippolyte's penalty secured a 1-0 home win over Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, and his side's first win of the season following three draws in the league.

Cox said: "There was a lot of hard work and grit from the lads, and we still created four or five good chances to see the game out, but we're in there - we're working hard on the training pitch to get people in good areas and we did that today. We just have to be more clinical in front of goal, and then we don't have to get to the last five minutes and panic.

"I'm so proud of the boys. We've had a lot of injuries but all the boys are working hard together. There's a good team spirit forming and bringing the two young lads Dan Gallimore and Cameron Wilson on at the end was brilliant for our academy too, who have done a brilliant job. It's a big positive for the club.

"We're four unbeaten now and we'll have to be careful because we don't want to get carried away, but it's a good win against a good team who got in the play-offs last year and have done okay in the league so far this season.

"We just get on with it. The staff have been good, the players have been really positive about it and if people are missing we just get together and give someone else an opportunity, and that's what it's all about.

"I can't really remember Rory (Watson) making a save. He came for crosses and was really positive, which is something we've worked on. He caught two or three on the edge of the box and it helps us out.

"The boys are confident but you need that first win. It's been Saturday-Tuesday for the month but now we have no midweek game this time around. We'll work them hard and get them ready for a tough game away from home at Northampton next weekend.

"There are a few people who were struggling to be involved today and needed help to get through the games but they wanted to play, but hopefully we can have some good news next week with some of the boys coming back to fitness, and then it will be hard for them to get into the team, which is good."

He concluded by talking about the surprise inclusion of Aaron Jarvis and Tyrone O'Neill in the squad.

Cox added: "It was a massive gamble on my part putting those two in the squad, but they've worked hard to get back fit. They haven't had much football time, which you can tell, but their work rate for the team was what we want. We had a team of characters today, stuck together, scored the goal and got a deserved win."

See much more from Neil Cox, Aaron Jarvis and Myles Hippolyte on iFollow Iron.


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