Date: 8th February 2016 at 10:56am
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Manager Steven Pressley had already reflected on the penalty loss to Barnsley in the JPT and he called on the players to make that hurt count when we faced Shrewsbury Town at the weekend.

Speaking prior to the Shrewsbury game, Pressley admitted to the Official Site that whilst defeat this close to Wembley had come from the penalty spots, he couldn’t really begrudge Barnsley their progress.

‘Over the course of the 90 minutes the better team won. It was a night where we didn`t play to the levels that we had over the past couple of months. We still managed to find a way though and showed a resilience and an endeavour. We also showed real energy as a team to get back into the game. In recent weeks we`ve played really well and not quite managed to get the result. Tonight we didn`t play so well and I thought it was going to be our night. It was a very cruel way to go out but that`s football. We know the nature of it and we can`t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to pick each other up. We`ve got a huge game to come on Sunday and we have to ensure we go into that one with a positive frame of mind and win the game. We have to direct this hurt into a positive but we`ve also got to make sure we don`t lose games like we did tonight. We have to have the right mentality. We`ve got 19 league games remaining and have games in hand over other teams, but we have to ensure that we win those games.’

And that brings us to a hard earned point at the weekend.

Having made six changes to the starting eleven to freshen things up and deal with injuries with a quick turn around in game time, Pressley said that he felt the hard earned draw would be a good lesson for the younger players and help us moving forward.

‘I`m disappointed because I spoke beforehand about the need to win the game. It was there for all to see just how depleted the squad is right now. We`re missing a lot of players and had to accommodate that by playing the likes of Conor McLaughlin in the middle of the pitch. We had to make a number of changes and Stephen Jordan made his first appearance in a number of games. We missed four regular players today, and when you`re running with a paper thin squad it`s a big ask. I asked a lot from our younger players today but in reflection the one thing I must say is that they need to grow up quickly. They need to understand the importance of these games and the importance of small details of responsibility. Shrewsbury had two or three big moments that they should have capitalised on, but in terms of territorial advantage we had that but didn’t create enough moments. I`m disappointed that we didn`t win today regardless of the team we had out. It`s a lesson for our young players about the importance of football.’

With David Ball taking up an attacking midfield role against Shrewsbury, he was interviewed after the game as well and the focus for him was that everyone knew it was vitally important we didn’t lose the game.

‘I see myself as a player who knows the game really well and the gaffer has asked me to do a job in there today because of our injuries. We didn`t probably penetrate for long enough in their half and could have been better going forward. It`s just about finding a way to win a game right now. I still felt my hamstring a little during the game but I was happy to get a full 90 minutes under my belt. It`s a tough job for three in midfield.’

Ball admitted injuries certainly hadn’t helped the last couple of games, but he knows you have to deal with it and make the most of it.

‘You always want continuity in your side when you play so these injuries haven`t helped. Eggert, Sarc and Jimmy are massive misses to the way we play. We`ve got a squad though and it`s chances for other players to take. Some people would have hoped they`ve done that today. It was three points lost for me but it was important we didn`t lose. The games in hand that we have got could prove to be very important for us.’

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