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WELLENS: CONCENTRATION COST US THREE POINTS

23 February 2019

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Richie Wellens described his side’s 1-1 draw as a good performance but put the conceding of an equaliser to ten-man Grimsby down to a lack of concentration.

Theo Robinson had put Town ahead on 73 minutes after Ludvig Ohman had been sent off for the visitors.

However, in an enactment of the old footballing truism that you’re at your most vulnerable when you’ve just scored, Luke Hendrie got Grimsby back level two minutes later.

Despite dominating the game, Town had to settle for a point which left the boss with mixed emotions.

“At times, I thought we let their time-wasting effect us, and it broke our rhythm a little bit but all in all I thought it was a good performance. We should be 2-0 up in the first ten minutes – we should be one-up in the first minute. We started the game really well.

“Just before half-time, they came back into it a little bit but I can’t remember McCormick making one save – maybe one. Their keeper played well so it’s frustrating.

“We played better against 11. We got the goal and I’d rather we were playing against 11 but we weren’t and we decide to drop (straight away after the goal) onto the back four.

“We were at 1-1 when we should be two or three up.”

The main source of frustration in an, otherwise, solid performance was how quickly Wellens’ side conceded after they had scored.  

“It’s a concentration thing – you’re 1-0 up and they’re down to ten and you think you’ve won the game. Game’s over. But it doesn’t matter whatever level, if you switch off and you allow balls in your box, anything can happen.

“It was a little bit of complacency but again, the players have been great. I thought the work ethic was good – all in all, it was a good performance but we’re disappointed we haven’t got the three points.”


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