SKIPPER Alan McCormack believes that Town worked hard for their share of the spoils against Preston on Saturday.
Afterwards, the Irishman sat down with the official website and gave his own assessment of the 1-1 draw.
“I think it was a point we worked extremely hard for but three points were what we deserved," he said. "At times they put us under a bit of pressure but never really created too much for our back four but we defended well as a unit, kept our shape and discipline, got a little bit sloppy at times but we were playing at such a tempo that a little bit of tiredness played a bit of a part in that.
“You can’t ask anymore from the lads after the week we’ve had the boys gave every ounce of energy that they had for the team and had we got a win it would have been the perfect ending to the week.”
Playing at right full-back at the weekend, the Captain set off on a marauding run towards the end that seemed to spark memories of a similar run at Northampton last season.
“I just fancied myself for some reason but couldn’t get a clean break at goal," he remembered before breaking into a broad grin. "Then again none of us seemed to get a clean break at goal apart from Adam Rooney. Preston grafted their socks off today with a new manager and any player will tell you it’s hard to play against a new manager.”
After the changes in back-room personnel this week, McCormack urged supporters to stick with the team.
“The support on Saturday was incredible,” he said. “I know they got a little bit frustrated at times because we were on top for spells but they just need to keep patient - this isn’t going to happen overnight. New people have come in and we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing but just keep supporting us and we’ll continue to do our best on the pitch.”
Finally, the skipper revealed a change to Town’s post-match routine ahead of Tuesday’s match against Bury.
“Sunday was a bit different to what we’re used to,” he explained. “We’re used to having a cool-down on our legs and the lads that have come in have opted for a pool version. Some lads got on a bike to spin their legs a little bit and some lads got in the pool.
“It just takes the pressure off the legs and the joints and the muscles but still allows you to warm those muscles up. We’re now fully refreshed and ready to go on Tuesday.”