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Barry - We're Disappointed But We've Got To Keep Going

19 February 2017

Brad Barry admitted that the 0-0 draw with Oldham Athletic on Saturday was hard to take but has stressed the importance of quickly moving on to the next game.


Town dominated proceedings at The County Ground and carved out a glut of chances, especially in the first-half, but were unable to find a way past Latics’ stopper Connor Ripley.


A point wasn’t the best result for the Reds who still find themselves in the bottom four, but Barry is of the opinion that his side showed they have enough quality to claw their way out of trouble.


“It is disappointing and we wanted to take all three points because we deserved it, but it is one of those things,” he said.


“When you are in mid-table they just fly in and you come away 3-0 winners, but when you are down at the bottom of the table that is sometimes the way it ends up.


“We look at the game as a positive and there are things to work on but it is very frustrating.


“The boys are down in the dumps but we’ve got to keep going.


“We were a lot better than last week and we dominated the play so that was another positive but we want to put teams to bed, especially at home.


“There is no pressure and we’ve got goalscorers there with the likes of Ben Gladwin, Nicky Ajose, Jon Obika and Luke Norris – they are all goalscorers.


“Oldham made some good blocks to be fair to them and they were very dominant in the box and they had some big lads.


“We’ve been working so hard in training and we concentrated on ourselves on Saturday. We knew our jobs very well and there was more belief in the team.


“We were very, very dominant and we showed what we can do.


“We know what we can do and it is only going to get better.”


Barry then went on to heap praise on former Brighton & Hove Albion team-mate Rohan Ince, who produced a Man of the Match display for the Reds in the middle of the park yesterday.


“I’ve known him for a few years now and he’s a very, very dominant player in the middle of the pitch,” he continued.


“He loves a tackle, as you saw on Saturday, and you need someone in the middle of the park who is very dominant and who can get on the ball as well.


“He’s good with his feet and we’re lucky to have him here.


“He’s going to be very, very important for us and we’ve got to look after him. He’s a good player to work with as well and he’s a different player on the pitch for us.”


Finally, Barry was thrilled to have got 90 minutes under his belt on Saturday having not featured for the first-team since early January because of an ankle injury.


“I’ve had a bit of a struggle recently and I’ve picked up a few knocks,” he added.


“I came back in against Shrewsbury and then I rolled my ankle so I’ve been out about four-five weeks which was disappointing as I had just returned to fitness.


“I wanted to get back and help the boys and we’re all in this together.” 


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