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Graham Coughlan | "I'm proud as punch..."

11 November 2023

Club News

Graham Coughlan | "I'm proud as punch..."

11 November 2023

Manager Graham Coughlan was left ‘proud as punch’ after his side battled to a goalless draw against MK Dons on Saturday afternoon.

The Exiles, who entered the clash on the back of their Emirates FA Cup win over Oldham Athletic last weekend, were looking to secure back-to-wins in the league for the first time since August. 

Nathan Wood had the best chance of the first half for County after he struck an effort just wide before Will Evans failed to capitalise on a defensive error from Dons goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray early in the second period. 

“I’m proud as punch of the players today, they gave us everything”, Coughlan began post-match. 

“Given our current predicament with injuries and our squad, I’ve got to be satisfied with the result and performance. 

“We’ve gone up against one of the top sides in this division today with a top group of players, and we’ve gone up against them and did enough to win the game in the end I thought. 

“Nick Townsend pulled off two great saves for us again today but that’s what top sides do when they get in the final third. They hit the target, make the goalkeeper work, and for us, we’ve created numerous opportunities but we’ve failed to score a goal. It happens, it’s not a quick fix, but it can happen sometimes in certain games. 

“I’m not going to complain after getting a point from one of the top teams in this league. We try and seek perfection every day, and raise our standards every day in training to make ourselves better as a group of players. 

“We came away with another clean sheet today and now we go into another big game on Tuesday."

"The fans were absolutely tremendous today, I’ve got to be honest," he added. "They drove us all the way until the very end and I can’t speak highly enough of them." 

County were handed several further injury blows ahead of today's game with Aaron Wildig and Declan Drysdale among those absent from this afternoon’s clash. Coughlan provided an update on his squad’s injury list. 

“Aaron has a back problem", he added. “He has a spasm in his back and it’s affecting his hamstring at the moment. He can’t stand up or straighten his back at the moment, so that’s something we’ll have to continue to assess. 

“As for Dec, it’s a long-term one, unfortunately. It’s not a quick one but we’ll have to stay positive through this difficult period.”

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