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WHITNEY DISAPPOINTED AFTER FLEETWOOD DEFEAT

15 March 2017

Bolger with the only goal...

Jon Whitney was disappointed to see his side’s six-match winning home run come to an end with a 1-0 defeat to promotion-chasing Fleetwood. 

Cian Bolger scored the game’s only goal with a 22nd-minute header from Cameron Brannagan’s corner. 

“It was disappointing to concede from a set-piece,” said Whitney afterwards. “It’s an area we always try and capitalise on. We had a lot of set-pieces but our delivery wasn’t really on it. 

“But credit to them; you can see why they are on a bit of a run as they make it very difficult for you to play. 

“They mix it up really well and I think Bolger was probably the difference between the two sides. 

“We are disappointed. But I said to the players ‘if you give everything – and you know you have given everything – then you can’t be too down’. 

“We have made mistakes, but we made mistakes trying to do the right things and I can’t fault my lads’ effort. 

“I felt both teams cancelled each other out and we knew before it was going to be a tight match. We spoke about the fact it might be a one-goal game. 

“I thought leading up to the goal it was very even. Neither side really looked like they were going to unlock the opposition’s defence and we were both sticking to our game plans. 

“We were both probing and then they go and get the goal from the set-piece. And as we always say, goals change games. 

"They could then afford to sit in a little bit and kill the tie. There was no really fluidity then and they just saw it out until the end.

"We will brush ourselves down, re-group and get ready for Southend.”

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