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MANAGER REACTION | PATERSON POST-LEYTON ORIENT (A)

17 February 2024

Club News

MANAGER REACTION | PATERSON POST-LEYTON ORIENT (A)

17 February 2024

BREWERS manager Martin Paterson said he was delighted with his side’s second half performance against Leyton Orient, as the Brewers came from a goal behind at half time to take home all three points from East London.

“I think we gave them probably a little bit too much respect in the first half. I've got to come here and make sure I got a result. And again, first off, I thought they shaded it, but second off half we definitely shaded it, that's for sure,” said Paterson.

“Orient are a good team. A team that's possession based we knew that they want to law you out and trap you. So we set up a certain way. Now, within that, we were disappointed that we didn't quite read the triggers at times, but sometimes players need education. They need help and encouragement.

“I spoke to the players at halftime and I said yes, they're dominating the ball in certain areas, but ultimately, they didn't have a clear cut chance and it was a penalty – that was the only piece of poor defending all day.

“Leyton Orient are a fantastic footballing team, the coaching identity they have and their philosophy is clear - I'll be really positive about them. Ultimately, I knew that if we stayed inside the game, and we started to play, second half it looked really looked like us. At halftime, I tweaked things and I thought second half, we were dominant, very dominant.

“I wanted us to stay inside the game for good periods. But I think sometimes yeah, goals do change games, but I think it was more about our players stared to sense the triggers when they could release and when they do release. This team is growing, it's a team that gets disrespected a hell of a lot and there's far more quality within my group and our club than people believe. And second half it was a truly dominant performance.

“They need encouragement as a team. The non negotiables are clear for everyone to see that they'll give me absolutely everything. Now, my job and my responsibility is to give them confidence and to tell them that they're a good team and there's a lot more in there than what people give us credit for.

“I've mentioned it so many times in my interviews. It's the group that wins football games, not individual. So the group, the team that started didn't end. We had people that came on I call them finishers. They come on did what they needed to do to see out the game. And I'm delighted again for the group with their performance and now all our focus turns to Northampton at home next week.”


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