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29 December 2018

Richie Wellens was in two minds about his team’s trip to Mansfield – pleased with the performance but frustrated with just a point.

Town had to settle for their second goalless draw in three games despite an electric first-half performance at Field Mill.

Wellens was left with mixed emotions because of how finely his team executed their game plan.

“We’re tough to beat but I’ll say it again: we’re not going to see our full potential until we start scoring. If we go 1-0 up there today, we will go on and pick them off.

“I can’t fault effort, organisation – I think we limited a team that has been beat once in the whole season to very few opportunities and they came from our turnovers of possession.

“If someone had come to the game today for the first time, didn’t know the league table they would have said: that team in red aren’t bad, they’re a really good team – they just need to finish.

“We’re unbeaten in seven bar one – but I’m not happy with draws. It’s a good point – and if you’d offered it to me before the game then I would probably would have taken it but the way the game went and our performance levels being high, it’s frustrating.”

Wellens said his team were excellent but were let down not just by their finishing but by a couple of frustrating decisions.

“First half: outstanding, we should be three or four up. I can set a team up – we were organised in our defensive structure. We pressed well, and we played good football at times and we can counter. We look a really good team at times but, and I’m frustrated, we’re never going to see our true potential unless we start taking our chances.

“Man of the match for them was the goalkeeper – he pulled off some vital saves when required. We hit the crossbar and it’s a sending off (for Krystian Pearce). If that’s not a sending off… I mean, he’s said that Kaiyne’s not got the ball – he’s not got the ball because he’s running onto the ball.

“It’s a blatant red card and even worse, two minutes later – the balls gone into Marc Richards, he’s chested it down and is about to Woolery in and he brings it back for a foul.

“It’s tough because they’re making wrong decisions.”


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