Date: 30th December 2014 at 11:21pm
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Two games over the festive period, and he’s what manager Graham Alexander had to say about them.

Starting with our Boxing Day defeat to Bradford City, a disappointed Alexander told the Official Site.

‘The best team lost. Bradford played as we expected and James Hanson scored the goal and we knew of his threat. There’s only so much you can do when the ball is hung up like that but it should have been a goal back at that point, not a goal that gave Bradford the lead.’

Alexander’s disappointment stemmed from the fact it was a game we largely dominated and a game where we had more than enough chances to have killed the game off in the first half alone, but we come out of it without even a point to show for those efforts.

‘I think we’ve done everything but score, or even hit the target to be fair. I’m disappointed we haven’t tested the goalkeeper more. We’ve definitely created goal scoring opportunities. The performance was there for the whole game to be fair.’

Alexander ended by saying that whilst the performance was there, in that, because we didn’t make more of our chances, we were just putting pressure on ourselves and again it’s a lesson that at this level especially, a failure to take your chances always leaves you open to being punished because the opposition will always have chances themselves irrespective of how well you play, and he knows that’s cost us a few times already this season calling it a ‘reoccurring theme.’

However he wasn’t going to be critical because he knows they gave their all, we just failed to put the ball in the net again and when that’s the missing link in games, you can’t go overboard because being negative or angry isn’t going to help the players at all.

With Alexander wanting a response again when we then faced Rochdale only a few days later, the gaffer left the after match reaction to assistant gaffer Chris Lucketti – and he couldn’t have been more delighted to see us sign off 2014 with a two nil victory.

‘The lads were magnificent from start to finish and probably one of our most complete performances of the season. It’s a happy hunting ground for Robbo and ourselves lately. We had a great result here this time last year and today’s result is a really sweet victory.’

Lucketti said that whilst Roberts would take the praise for his goal, and assist in the win, it was difficult to single anybody out for particular praise because it was really a team performance and everybody put a shift in, and in the second half we dug in and coped with them coming back at us to protect the clean sheet which also delighted him.

Given a sort of half time report as we closed out the first half of the season, Lucketti admitted for our first season in League One we could definitely feel proud of ourselves for what we’ve achieved and where we find ourselves in the league – but there’s also a touch of disappointment because of the games that we should’ve got more from because he knows we could be higher – but that’s something to address in 2015 and not something that should dominate our thoughts when it comes to 2014.

‘They’ve done really well and we’ve competed in every single and and we’re probably a bit disappointed we haven’t got a few more points on the board and be in a bit better position than we are. We’ve shown in every game against the teams at the top end that we can compete, we’ve been ever so close but we’re going to keep fighting. We’ll only get better as the season goes on.’

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