Post Cov

September 29, 2018

Jack Ross was not too despondent following the 1-1 draw with Coventry City. "We are disappointed every time we don't win because it comes with the expectation of managing the club," Ross said. "It is not a bad thing, it is just part of the challenge. I am at pains to say to the players that they should be proud of themselves in terms of what they had to go through. It was a tough game away from home. If we can produce what we did last week at home and then be resilient as away from home then we will be okay. That will get us pretty close to where we want to be. It is finding that consistency. There is a lot to be proud about. I keep saying about the intensity around every game we play and you see that again today. Because of that outstanding following, it can galvanise home teams and every game has a cup tie feel to it. We are getting better at dealing with that. We are becoming more resilient. Those periods we are coming under pressure, and the circumstances with the injuries today, it is another show of the character in the group. We spoke about it at half time, we had two long periods in the first half when we had two or three concentrated periods of pressure but aside from that the game was quite bitty, Coventry had more territory, but we didn't look in trouble in terms of conceding. The difference was we were in the game, then the flip side when you go ahead you look to build on that. It was a really well earned point in terms of the difficulty of the game."

 

Ross also gave an injury update. Ross said: "I would think certainly the two that went off first half (Loovens and Hume, will be missing against Peterborough), I don't think they are minor knocks in terms of a day or so. To come off as a defender so early, it is usually something more troublesome. Lynden, it is his hamstring. It is whether it is a muscular problem or fatigue, but it is testament to his character and the character of the lads to see out the game in effect with ten men. It is credit to his desire, it is a calculated risk, you run the risk of damaging it further, I don't think we have done. It would have been nice to take him off and have a replacement available. We will have them assessed, it is Denver's knee, which he has had problems with previously. And with Glenn it is knee/hamstring. None of them were just straightforward kicks that you come off with and recover quickly. I'd expect them to be struggling for Tuesday. It was great to have Max back, you look at our bench today and it was the strongest it has been all season. Max, Aiden and Jerome and that is in our planning process, how you affect the game, not that I discount the other subs. Making those two early subs changes that. Moving forward it is some comfort if those players are ruled out we have those players available, we will need them as the league is relentless."

 

Lee Cattermole picked up his fifth booking and will miss the game on Tuesday. Ross added: "I have been consistent in my opinion of Lee from day one, I have been asked a lot about it, I was steadfast in that because it was the truth. You see now somebody who is enjoying his football, he likes the environment, he has a genuine desire to see the club move back up the leagues. You don't play like that with that level of commitment if not. It is nice he is getting that reward with scoring goals, his all round play has been good too. It will be a blow missing him Tuesday. I wouldn't take that side of his game away, it will always be there."

 

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