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Bould - We’ve shown we just don’t give up

Bould

Steve Bould praised his side’s character as we battled back twice to take a point against Everton on Monday night.

In an eventful match that saw six goals and a red card handed to Tolaji Bola, we twice found ourselves a goal down before strikes from James Olayinka and Matt Smith levelled the scores.  

We spoke to our head coach at full time and this is what he said:

on the draw…
I think overall, we had an awful lot of possession, especially in the second half. The first half was difficult against the wind, and they’re a tough team, they’re physically very strong. They gave us a few problems but we conceded three really poor goals and we have to score a great goal to get back in the game. That side defensively was disappointing but it’s not an easy place to come and play on a stormy night.

on Zak Swanson’s return to the side…
It’s fabulous to see him back. Although Joe (Olowu) has come back and picked up an injury again unfortunately, so we’re going to be down to a few bare bones coming up in the next few weeks. It’ll be difficult for us I think going forward and looking ahead. It’ll be a test for the younger kids, which is great.

on the character in the side…
We’ve shown character yet again tonight. We do it quite often actually and it’s a bit of a theme this year but the nice thing is that they don’t give up. We couldn’t fault them at all for effort, it wasn’t easy to create a lot of quality but we tried. We had a lot of the ball and overall we’ve conceded three goals but it wasn’t a bad performance.

on the match against Leicester in the PL international Cup…
It’ll be another tough game against Leicester. We’re not sure about our numbers, it will possible be another young side again on Friday, but again, that’s part of the challenge and something we’re looking forward too.

on Tyreece John-Jules’s loan to Lincoln…
It’s fabulous for him. Playing with men, playing proper league football and that’s where we want to move them to and that’s our next sort of pass on from this level. It’s a great experience for him and when he comes back we hope he’s going to make the next step into a top player.

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Balogun - We can go far in this competition

After confirming our place in the knockout stages of the PL International Cup on Friday night, Folarin Balogun believes we can go far in the competition. 

Our striker scored a stunner during the match, while goals from Robbie Burton and James Olayinka secured a 3-0 victory against Leicester City. 

We spoke to Balogun after the full-time whistle, and this is what he said:

on the win…
It was a good victory, the boys worked hard. We played Leicester earlier on in the season and it was a tough game, so it was nice to get a win and a clean sheet today.

on his goal…
It’s always nice to help the team. I just thought as the ball was on the edge of the box and bouncing, I’ve been practising on my weak foot, so I thought ‘why not?’. Luckily for me it’s gone into the top corner.

on keeping a clean sheet…
It’s really good to get a clean sheet. Steve’s been telling us to keep clean sheets, and we know that keeping a clean sheet sends a big message to other teams so we were happy to keep it today.

on our chances in the PL International Cup…
I think we have a strong chance of going far. We’re all about sending statements out, so I think winning all three games shows that we’re a strong side and I think if we carry on putting in performances like we done today we can go far in this tournament.

By Sam Cox

 

 

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