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GRAEME JONES ON THE DEFEAT TO BIRMINGHAM

26 October 2019

Graeme Jones has said that his side need to take advantage of when they’re in the ascendancy in games after today’s 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City.

Kristian Pedersen opened the scoring just before the break with a header from close range, before Harry Cornick finished emphatically in the second half to bring it level.

Lukas Jutkiewicz then nodded in to win the three points for the Blues, with the result leaving the Town in 18th in the second tier.

Jones said: “We are just getting to that stage of the season where being positive about performances is not enough. I’ve said that to the players, we have to take points, we have to take positive results, especially when we’re in the ascendancy. That was the plan, that’s why James and Harry didn’t start the game, we wanted to get some momentum towards the end of the game and if we could stay in it, which we did, but we then gave a stupid set-piece goal away which was arguably a foul and 82nd minute in the game, on Wednesday night I can hear myself speaking about recovery and sometimes those fine margins cost you.

“People don’t realise unless you’re involved at this level, how much 24 hours matters. We’ve got to help ourselves as well but that’s my disappointment. Let’s say today we get beat 3-0 and you’re not on the same pitch, the recovery has been the same and it’s an even playing field, you won’t get any complaints from me. I don’t think it has happened to us once this season, but it’s already difficult enough without making the two away trips and physically it’s even harder. The most important part of the game is recovery and to be mentally and physically fresh for every game, we’re at a disadvantage and it’s not right.”


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