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REACTION: PATERSON POST-CHELTENHAM TOWN (A)

2 March 2024

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REACTION: PATERSON POST-CHELTENHAM TOWN (A)

2 March 2024

BREWERS manager Martin Paterson says that today's 0-0 draw was a good point.

“It’s a good point and it’s good to get back to the clean sheet mentality. Today, people make will have made the mistake about Cheltenham because they are where they are in the league, thinking that it's an easy task to come here and take points, but they're actually fourth in the form table over the last 10 points out of the last five games, which is tough in this division. So I knew it was going to be really hard.

“I knew it was going to be a really combative game, a game of verticality, but I did think there were passages of play that we can take back home and implement a little bit more.

“I thought we had passages where we moved the ball well and created opportunities. It was a tight game. You have to respect the point in this division and we defended ever so well. I thought we probably gave them too many spaces in pockets to open us up a little bit and they've been doing it over the course of last five games and getting results.

“Second half we were much, much better. Second half I changed things – their goalkeeper was causing us issues dribbling, coming high and loading balls. I changed things to stop the wide pass. Ultimately it was a good point.

“On the back of two good away games, we then had two poor home results in the space of four days, so I looked at it today and I wanted to get the balance right in the midfield area. I'm not saying that I've got it right, but I'm thinking all the time about improvements and I'm thinking about how we can get better as a football team. I thought that Deji was really good in that 10 roll underneath Ademola and, you know moving forward, it's something that I have got in my pocket.

Joe Hugill nearly grabbed all three points for Albion with a late long-range effort that looked set to trickle in, but Cheltenham defender Tom Bradbury did extremely well to prevent the on-loan Manchester United striker from grabbing his second goal for the Brewers, clearing on the goal line.

“It was so close to going over the line. I thought he was good when he came on again and that's the last two performances where he’s been good, so that's food for thought. He's got an argument that he should be playing more and I agree with him. 

“It’s nearly a perfect performance. But again, we have to respect the point and we have to move back to the Pirelli Stadium against Peterborough next week and be really ready for them.”


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