Date: 6th March 2015 at 6:45pm
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Manager Nigel Clough talked of his anger following the Peterborough loss in midweek, but he’s also looked forward confidently for our game against Fleetwood.

Starting with the two one defeat to the Posh in midweek, the gaffer told the Official Site that he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ at full time and with results going our way in other fixtures, it was a huge opportunity missed in his eyes.

‘When you are 1-0 up with 88 minutes on the clock, you certainly shouldn’t lose the game, but we conceded two unbelievably poor goals. We made three defensive errors for their winning goal, we lose the initial header, we don’t make the challenge on the second ball and then Bob Harris fails to clear everything out as the lad breaks through. It would have been bad enough drawing the game, but to lose in those circumstances is bitterly disappointing, we shouldn’t be losing games like that.’

One thing Clough wouldn’t accept though following the game was that the side sat back and just invited the visitors on to us.

‘We didn’t take our foot off the gas, we were playing with affectively ten men at the end with Ryan Flynn struggling with his hamstring and having made our three substitutions to try and win the game there wasn’t much we could do really. It was a bad night all round, we didn’t have that spark and even the substitutes failed to influence the game as we would have hoped when they were introduced.’

As for the substitutes, Clough confirmed that they were enforced changes in reality.

‘Paul Coutts was ill, Marc McNulty wasn’t very good for an hour and Matty Done was shattered. It is a massive missed opportunity given results elsewhere, Preston have drawn the game in the 94th minute, whilst MK Dons and Swindon both lost so we could have really applied some pressure with a win, or even a point would have left us how we were with Preston. If the others slip up we have to be there to take advantage and we haven’t done so.’

With Fleetwood Town up next, Clough demanded a response from the players and said that taking three points at the weekend was imperative because with Preston facing MK Dons, it’s an opportunity to claw some points back on either of them, or both if they draw.

‘Saturday is potentially a big weekend for us with Preston playing the MK Dons, but we have to be focused on what we have to do and that is beating Fleetwood. If we do that then it will be a positive day for us regardless of the other result, but a draw there coupled with a win for us would be excellent. We had a setback in midweek against Peterborough, but let’s not forget we were minutes away from a hard fought 1-0 win and barring defensive errors we would have at least taken a point, so we have to react positively in front of our own supporters. We need to be bright, play at a good tempo from the off and look to score an early goal, when we do that it helps everyone inside the stadium relax.’

With that said, he describes Fleetwood as being a ‘tight knit’ group and they are doing well this season themselves, so it’s not going to be an easy game and we can’t be complacent or take victory for granted as if we let them, they will get a grip on the game and make us pay.

And we know what to expect from them following the one all draw back in December.

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