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REACTION: Luke Williams Pleased with Town's Character

3 September 2016

Town Head Coach Luke Williams provided his thoughts on the Robins’ 2-2 draw away at Peterborough United this afternoon to in the wake of the game…

On the result and performance:

“We looked very comfortable until we conceded and then the game changed a lot because Peterborough gained more confidence and we started to chase the game and there was more space everywhere.

“But to come back twice was excellent and it shows that we are capable of digging in and overcoming circumstances. 

“We were fine in terms of the flow of the game, it was just about that execution of people’s jobs not being quite good enough.

“We created chances around their box to get a shot on goal but we didn’t quite manage that final action, or when we did it was without conviction.

“Then, on the flip-side of that, defensively we seemed to be in the right position more often than not but too many times we missed a tackle or we were flaky in the tackle.

“I don’t think there were huge problems, it was just about executing their jobs slightly better.

“Both teams showed that there is plenty of talent in League One and lots of very capable players.”

On Luke Norris’ last-gasp chance:

“It looked like it was going in and from Luke’s reaction it was obviously very close. I think we probably would have been fortunate to come away with all the points, but I would have taken it.”

On Peterborough’s first goal:

“It was disappointing that it was a set-play and the fact that it wasn’t a free-kick as well. You get decisions given against you sometimes but there is no reason not to defend the box properly.

“I don’t really like to talk to the referee about decisions but sometimes they get some wrong and I think on this occasion he was wrong.

“But it is not easy when everything happens so quickly and that is part and parcel of the game.”

On Sean Murray’s Debut:

“It was disappointing for him to concede a penalty but everyone can make a mistake and he looks very, very capable.

“I think we’re going to see a lot more from him and he’s going to add to the group.”

On Michael Doughty’s hugely impressive afternoon:

“He likes to be involved, doesn’t he? We’ve seen that from his stats – I think he’s been involved in our last ten goals, including the end of last season.

“He likes to be involved in everything, he’s full of energy and he’s totally committed to everything.

“That’s what happens when you are like that, you always make yourself available for the ball and you chase back to make a tackle.

“He wants to be involved in everything and when you’ve got players like that you are always in the game.”

On handing starts to Conor Thomas and John Goddard:

“It gives us an extra body in the middle of the pitch to try and be a little bit more solid.

“When you are on the road the opposition have more energy and they can find space in midfield if you are not close together.

“I also felt that John (Goddard) received the ball in an area just in-front of their back-four that created problems, so I was very pleased.

“Conor Thomas came in and showed that he can play box-to-box, make tackles and get forward and create chances as well.”

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