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REACTION: WELLENS UPBEAT DESPITE GRIMSBY DEFEAT

16 December 2018

Richie Wellens was left frustrated not by his team’s performance against Grimsby but by their lack of, at least, a point.

Wellens and his side left Cleethorpes with a 2-1 defeat when the Robins had the better share of clear-cut chances in wintery and windy conditions at Blundell Park.

The Town boss said his charges have performed well over the last couple of weeks and is not worried going ahead, despite the loss.

“If I’m being really critical we didn’t take advantage of the wind first half – we had a lot of opportunities where, if the final pass is right, we can get an opportunity on goal. Even so, we should be coming in at half-time ahead but I thought we were outstanding in that half.

“The lads have been great over the last few weeks so I’m not going to be too critical – I’d be worried if we came here and we lost 2-1 and didn’t create any chances but I think it’s fair to say, for anyone watching that game, it’s tough to take we haven’t got at least a point.

“We could have three or four goals. The keeper pulled off a few really good saves – the one from Elijah where he got across his goal line is a great save. Eli’s then gone one-on-one and you expect him to score, it’s then fallen to Dunne and you expect him to score but he’s missed the target.

“They’re our very clear-cut chances, and we had Doughts who had a couple – I can’t really think of them having a clear-cut chance apart from the two goals.

“The penalty was dubious – was it in the box? I’m not sure. It came at a bad time because we were very comfortable in the game at that point. Easiest thing is to be too critical, and in difficult conditions, but I think the players acquitted themselves really well.

“I’m rambling on now, because of frustration, because we should have taken at least a point home.”

After the result, the Gaffer was quizzed on his plans for January.

“We’re planning now – we definitely don’t want to leave it until the first of January and chase our tail. The lads in there have done great but we need a bit of help with some numbers and we’ll do all we can to get someone in.

“We’ll put in place, firstly, the loans we want to keep or extend and get in a couple more bodies.”

 


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