County manager Jimmy Dack spoke to the press following his sides disappointing 2-0 defeat against Exeter City at St James Park.
The entertaining encounter had remained goalless until just over ten minutes from the full time whistle, when City striker David Wheeler broke forward to open the scoring. But Dack felt that his side had been in control of the game for long periods. "I really can't believe we lost" said a frustrated Dack. "Up until the goal I thought we controlled the game. We're going to look back on that one and say we let it slip."
Mark Byrne was guilty of missing a one-on-one, firing the ball at the keepers legs whilst the scores were level, but Dack felt his side had plenty of other chances to score. "I lost count of the one on ones" said Dack, "Byrne should have scored really, but he know's that."
County's hopes of rescuing a point were crushed when Ryan Harley converted a late penalty after Yakubu and Wheeler had collided, with Yakubu being shown a straight red for the challenge.
"Football will always boil down to taking your chances. We've had four or five one on ones, if you don't take your chances away from home you don't win football matches" added Dack.
Dack was again impressed by his players dedication, "I cant fault the boys effort, I thought we were fantastic up until the goal."
"We've come here, they're one of the best ball playing teams in the league, but we've frustrated them, and up until the goal our game plan worked."