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REACTION: PATERSON POST-DERBY COUNTY (A)

15 January 2024

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REACTION: PATERSON POST-DERBY COUNTY (A)

15 January 2024

NEW Brewers manager Martin Paterson says his side was bitterly disappointed following tonight’s defeat away at Derby County, but says there were plenty of positives to take from a rollercoaster of a game.

Conor Hourihane’s injury time goal was a bitter pill to swallow for Paterson’s side, having come back from two goals behind to draw level. Despite the result, the new boss said he was extremely proud of his side's overall performance.

“It was a rollercoaster. In the first half we worked really hard defensively but there were a few things structurally that we were getting wrong and they transitioned on us. We spoke at half time and we added a bit of calmness on the ball and freedom to play more forward passes. I thought at half time we should have been going in at 0-0, but we looked at it and added some belief - which ultimately got us the two goals.

“I took the job because I saw a group of young men who can meet objectives short-term, medium and long. Tonight was encouraging and it's important that we give the group belief, confidence and good coaching so that they can continue to improve."

“I thought there was moments at 2-2 to go on and win the game. It’s hard to be critical of a group that has given you everything. I think that deep down Derby will think that they’ve got away with one tonight.

Paterson also praised the travelling Brewers faithful who made the trip up the A38 this evening and says everyone's attention must now turn to Saturday's home clash with Charlton. 

“The lads were down after the game but I stopped that immediately – I look at them being down as a positive, because it’s really hurt them and me. Hopefully the fans can see the positives as well – they were excellent tonight.

“The constant message to the players is that it is my job to get them to perform and give performances – but ultimately we’ve lost and haven’t got a point. I’m very proud of them though for their performance, so we must replicate and improve on it ahead of Charlton.

“They’ll be back in training tomorrow and I want to see smiley faces, because I want to give them the belief that they should have got something from that game, and that’s on me.”


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