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The thoughts of Big Sam after the 3-1 defeat at Leek Town

Here’s what Whites’ boss Big Sam Wilkinson had to say about his side’s 3-1 defeat at Leek Town yesterday which almost certainly put the play-offs beyond their reach.
“I am obviously disappointed with the result.
“We started the game really well, especially after we scored early on.  In fact Leek didn’t really know what had hit them.
“We put so much into that first twenty minutes.
“You have to give credit to Leek for getting back into it.  They kept the ball well and they do make the pitch very big so we had to run about a lot.
“I thought we would get into half-time 1-0 up and maybe re-group after the break.  However, we conceded a soft penalty and I can see why the ref gave it.
“Once again we defended well and changed our formation slightly to try and stop Leek having so much of the ball.
“They came out in the second half as they finished the first.  We just couldn’t get a foothold in the game.
“We grafted really hard to keep it 1-1 and everyone on the bench was wondering if we could nick a goal on the break.
“However, it wasn’t our day to do that and, to be fair, we didn’t really deserve it.
“For eighty minutes we defended really well but then conceded two disgraceful goals.
“Their second goal was schoolboy stuff from our defenders.
“Their striker was free to turn and shoot and for some reason we switched off and didn’t pick him up.
“We gave their player a free shot from twenty-five yards for their third goal.
“We just didn’t do ourselves justice.
“We don’t come to these places and grind out results and that’s why we are where we are in the league.
“We’re either really good or pretty poor.
“It’s all about winning.”
Peter Hayward

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