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NATHAN JONES ON THE WIN OVER SOLIHULL MOORS

3 December 2016

"First half poor, second scintillating" says the boss

Town boss Nathan Jones said he was pleased with the way his side responded after they went 2-0 down against Solihull Moors in the Emirates FA Cup second round.

A brace from Jamey Osborne in the first half gave the National League visitors a two goal lead over the hosts going in at the break, but a six goal swing in Town’s favour saw them progress to the next round of the competition.

Speaking after the match, Jones wasn’t impressed with his team’s first half performance, but was overjoyed with their second 45-minute showing.

He said: “I don’t want to use heavy words, but the first half was not a team I want to be associated with or the performance I want to be associated with more like. 

“To be fair, Solihull changed and we couldn’t handle it. I felt we were poor. Our intensity, the way we pressed, our man for man dominance was so, so poor. It was probably as bad a performance as we have had. 

“Second half we were absolutely scintillating. It was a wonderful performance second half. It was a performance we could be proud of.

“Normally I quite like going mental now and again, but I didn’t have to at half-time. It was more a case of here we are, if we want to do it we have got to get the first goal and get it quickly and however long it takes us to get the second, then we will try and go on and win the game.

“I have been on the other end of stuff, when you’re the underdog and you take the lead and you think ‘can we hold onto this?’ And then when they get a goal back your belief goes a little bit and then when they get a second your belief goes totally.

“Then we went three, four, five and then six. I don’t think that flattered us if I am honest, we were just clinical.”


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