Date: 29th March 2015 at 8:26pm
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Manager Nigel Clough described himself as being ‘unbelievably disappointed’ following the two one home defeat on Saturday to Crewe Alexandra.

Clough’s Crewe Audio Reaction
Crewe Highlights
Crewe Match Report
Crewe Match Stats

Having fell behind to the early goal from Crewe, United reacted and largely dominated possession and chances, finally drawing level ten minutes after the second half restart through Holt, but in injury time threw the point away as Crewe got their noses back in front.

A bitterly disappointed Clough told the Official Site at full time that quite clearly we hadn’t been at our best on the day despite the greater possession and chances on goal.

‘We were good in parts, but not good enough to win the game and to lose in the manner we did is unbelievably disappointing. We huffed and puffed but our decision making and final ball was poor when we got ourselves into some promising positions. We were also wasteful from set-pieces. We looked mentally and physically tired after our efforts this week and again we didn’t help ourselves by falling behind early on.’

Clough went on to say that Crewe were the better in the first half, had a few chances of their own and caught us on the break really as we were looking to try and stamp our authority on the opening period.

‘Crewe had their chances in the first-half and caught us on the break as we looked to try and get back into the game, but we ere in control for long periods in the second-half and just couldn’t get our noses in front.’

With it not going for us on the day, one thing the gaffer knew he couldn’t do was fault the efforts of the players though as he knows they gave all they could, but it really was another of those games for us.

‘It can be difficult to break sides down sometimes, we managed to frustrate teams like QPR, Tottenham, West Ham and Southampton this season, but occasionally it will happen to us when teams come and sit behind the ball. Several players didn’t reproduce their performances from the Scunthorpe victory, but sometimes for whatever reason it just doesn’t happen, it certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying.’

With Clough’s words ahead of the game being largely relax, don’t add pressure and don’t believe that after two losses the promotion race was over, anymore than we were suddenly guaranteed to go up again – he’ll probably be reflective following this performance and showing but there are games left and the players have to make the most of them.

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