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Cox: It's about moving forward and we have to do better

1 May 2021

First team manager Neil Cox provided his reaction to iFollow Iron after his side’s 0-0 away draw at Bradford City.

After the game ended goalless, United have managed to secure their place in League Two next season with the point.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, he said: “The main thing is to talk about the game. The boys were positive and were up for it. They battled, they tried to play, especially in the first half. We had some good opportunities to get into areas where we let ourselves down with a final pass. That sums our season up at times, we get into some great areas. 

“We had a couple of half chances. Alfie Beestin had a good chance from a set-play, which we work on. They’ve got nothing to lose second half, so they are going to come out and leave gaps for us. Yet again, it’s just our final ball and that little pass where we can pick somebody out. Then we get away with a little bit of luck at the end by them missing an opportunity and we see the game out.”

He added: “It was a hard job. We didn’t rely on anybody else; it was about what we had to do. We had to come here and try to win, my aim was to win. Second half we sat a bit deep, and the boys got a little bit nervous. I must admit I got a bit nervous as well. But we came here to do a job and we’ve done it.

“I’ve just spoke to the lads and I don’t want to be in the situation again. My job was to keep us up, but I’m not just here to do that. I want to push forward and push the players forward. Some are going to be here, and some are not, it all about moving forward. We have to do better. That’s what it’s all about.”

Speaking about his time as manager so far, he said: “I want to do better. I don’t want to be sat at the bottom end of the table. It’s going to be hard next year, but I need to get the right characters in. I need them to show some character like they did today defending. 

“Yeah, we have to do a lot of work in the summer, but we’re in this league and that’s the main thing."

Looking at Saturday's final game of the season versus Stevenage, he said: “To be honest, I’ve not got many players fit to look at. These boys have put a shift in. Loft has come off his sick bed to play for 15 minutes at the end. Then one or two of the other lads have had knocks, and Mason (O’Malley) had a dead leg. Manny (Onariase) has two sore calves and needs an operation, and will be going for it this week."

See much more from Neil Cox on iFollow Iron.

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