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Graham Coughlan | "We just can't get going..."

13 April 2024

Club News

Graham Coughlan | "We just can't get going..."

13 April 2024

Manager Graham Coughlan was left feeling disappointed after his side fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

Will Evans gave his side the lead mid-way through the first half, however a quickfire double from Rob Apter was enough to secure all three points for Rovers. 

"We look a tired team," said Coughlan. 

"We look tired as we have been for the last six or seven games. We’re a team that’s on their knees at the moment. 

“We give up a couple of chances and then everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Today was not a true reflection of us, us staff and us players. We must do better. 

“We should have got something from that game but we haven’t, and we’re not getting the rub of the green at the moment. 

“It’s ok standing here, feeling hurt and feeling sorry for ourselves that we've lost a game of football, but it’s tough to take, and tough to watch to be quite honest.

“In the second half of games, we just can’t get going. It’s sad really watching us but that’s not a true reflection of our group. From the outside looking in you might think "what’s going on there" but those that have followed us all season will understand our circumstances.  

“As I said to the group after the game it’s not nice to be on the run we are. We asked them to react and they did in fairness. The first half an hour, first 40 minutes, I thought we were really good, but it's about maintaining that performance and we can't at the minute." 

Academy player Nelson Sanca made his league debut for the Exiles this afternoon, partnering in the defensive line alongside Kyle Jameson and Matt Baker.

And the Exiles boss was full of praise for the youth prospect. 

“I thought Nelson was very good which is why we’ve given him that opportunity," added Coughlan.

"He’s been in and around us all season and he was a bright spark today.

“The thing you have to have as a centre-back is a presence and Nelson has that in abundance. He has something that I didn’t have in my career which is pace too.

"He needs to keep working hard, keep developing and we need to find game time for him as well as the other lads on the bench. 

“We’ve created a pathway for the academy boys to break through into the first team, and now it’s up to them to take the opportunities.”

You can watch Graham Coughlan's full post-match press conference HERE.

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