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


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.


‘Hein is a good keeper in the making’

Steve Bould praised Karl Hein’s impressive performance as we advanced into the next round of the PL International Cup after beating Leicester 3-0 on Friday night.  

Hein made a number of crucial saves during the victory while goals from Robbie Burton, Flo Balogun and James Olayinka secured all three points.

We spoke to our head coach after the match and this is what he said:

on the performance…
I thought the first-half performance was very good, other than the first 10 minutes which were really tough. The second half was a little bit disappointing, although we scored two goals, because I think they got right on top of the game and they possibly should have scored. We got in a nice clean sheet, which makes a difference. It was tough but there were some really good performances but it was a game of two halves I think.

on the clean sheet…
I’m delighted, we spoke at half-time and I said I didn’t care if we scored another goal we needed a clean sheet. We got away with it a little bit and they had a lot of chances or half chances and Karl’s (Hein) has made a couple of saves with his feet and caught couple of balls. We had a lot of pressure in the second half but Flo (Balogun) scores a great goal.

on the competition so far…
It’s been a really tough competition. Villarreal were very good as were Zagreb and tonight it was physically very tough and demanding. I think it’s probably a little bit higher than the Premier League 2, if I'm honest.

on Karl Hein’s performance…
I think he’s had a great season. He kicks off the year and I think he gave away a couple of goals which is normal for a young kid, but he’s really matured and he looks like a really good keeper in the making.

on the plans between now and our next game…
I think since Mikel has been in charge, we’ve seen an awful lot of our kids and I guess that’ll continue. It’s great for them to join in with the first team and see what’s going on over there. I guess that’ll be the plan and we’ll look to work a bit more on our defending. 

By Sam Cox








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