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Clarity In Defeat - Keith Hill

28 November 2018

Manager Keith Hill has told iFollow that Tuesday night’s 4-2 defeat to Oxford United has given him clarity.

“I’m disappointed, full stop,” he said in his post-match interview.

“You find yourself having to change it because of individual weakness.

“But I think it has been a great night for me with respect to knowing now what I really have instead of what I have on the training ground. The players earned their opportunity to freshen it up and to perform tonight but they haven’t individually.

“I can’t say that about everybody, but I’m having to change it and it looks a bit ugly, and I don’t think we did enough tonight to stop the opponent.

“I’m disappointed but my mind is clear after that, because I know what I’ve got and who is representing the way I want to do things.”

Hill made five changes to the side that lined-up against Accrington at the weekend.

“It was a combination of a few things – freshness and playing away from home. It’s my responsibility with respect to the team that was selected and the tactics that I went with, and I don’t think they were backed up by individual performances defensively.

“It’s my selection and I thought I picked the best team. I did contemplate making more changes to the starting eleven because Dan Adshead and Callum Camps ran a marathon on Saturday but I thought too many changes would represent confusion. There was no confusion in what we wanted to do or what we needed to do – there was just some bad individually performances.

“And like I said, I’ve got clarity more than I ever have, because this team and this selection and this fixture wasn’t just a whim. This was done after Shrewsbury and I’ve been planning what we were going to do against Accrington and what we intended on doing tonight, but it wasn’t backed up tonight.”

Watch the full interview on iFollow.

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