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Dean post-Aldershot Town (A)

15 April 2023


Dean post-Aldershot Town (A)

15 April 2023

First team manager Jimmy Dean provided his reaction following the Iron’s 2-1 away defeat at Aldershot on Saturday afternoon.

The Shots took the lead in the first half through Tahvon Campbell, surrendering it just four minutes into the second half when captain Andrew Boyce headed in, but United couldn’t kick-on as Tyler Cordner nodded in the winner late into the second half. 

Speaking to Iron Player regarding his thoughts, he began by saying: “Frustrating, I thought we deserved something out of the game.

“The second goal to concede is criminal, but you need to look at that free-kick given in the corner when we don’t get the penalty [when striker Danny Elliott looked to have been brought down by Aldershot ‘keeper Luca Ashby-Hammond].

“It’s just where it’s at, I thought it was a better performance and I thought we were the better team, but the ball didn’t fall for us."

“It’s not just decisions from the ref, it’s decisions by us,” in relation to a moment which perhaps shaped the second half for the Iron.

“The goal has come by us turning our back in the corner [for the first goal], we could’ve defended better than that, but we didn’t. He shoots, it takes a deflection and falls straight to him, and he just taps it in.

“The second one, he just hangs it up [the cross] and heads it in, too easy.”

Expanding on the decision which saw the Iron denied a penalty by referee Matt Corlett, Dean said: “Danny [Elliott]’s got to the ball first, of course he’s looking for it, but they all do don’t they.

“In there [for the second goal] he’s played advantage, pulled it back three or four seconds and given them the free-kick to score from, but I don’t come out blaming the referee too much and I’m not blaming him.

“All we’re asking for is consistency. At the end there was a 50/50 with Leakey [Jake Leake], they’ve both missed the ball and he books Leakey, but he’s the one who gets kicked.”

Striker Marcus Carver came off with a potential knock following his inclusion in the starting XI, with Dean stating: “I thought Carvs did really well, I hope it’s not the old injury, but he felt it go.

“I thought Dion [Sembie-Ferris] and Danny [Elliott] looked tired, which is why we did that [substituted the attackers] but I thought we looked tired as a team to be honest."

With United’s final home game of the season coming up next Saturday against Southend, Dean finished by saying: “I want to give them a win [the supporters], I want to give them a win.

“I said to the players today that we’ve come and had a go, it wasn’t good enough in the end, but I want to give them a win."

“They deserve better,” he said in regard to the 81 Iron supporters who made the trip.

“They are going to get better; I promise next year it is going to get better.”

See more from Jimmy Dean and Owen Foster on Iron Player.

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