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Keith Hill's Post-Match Reaction - Shrewsbury Town

17 November 2018

Manager Keith Hill’s post-match reaction to his side’s 3-2 defeat to Shrewsbury Town at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

“I’m reflective” said Hill.

“There are a lot of things right, but defensively today I don’t think we were good. We looked uncomfortable, hence the penalty. We always seem to give away a penalty here.

“We then take control by regaining and retaining the ball, and then the game went almost end to end. You want the players to take control of that situation when we’re winning the game. We’d done superb to get back into the game when we scored just before half-time and then Jordan Williams scored, so I’m reasonably happy but I’m uncomfortable looking at the way they were getting in behind our full-backs, and that was a big problem today. We just wanted our full-backs to be full-backs today, but I think we looked uncomfortable.

“We looked very comfortable when we got the ball and when we controlled the game with it, but it was a difficult game for my defenders when we were out of possession.”

He continued: “The second goal, their equaliser, is against the run of play, and it comes as result of us giving the ball away. We were in a rush to score a third goal. We should have had a little bit more patience and took control away from the opponents. And again, it was too easy for their player to get in behind our full-back for the goal.

“The third goal is a deflection – the midfield player has too much space on the edge of the box. It can go anywhere and it ends up in the back of our net.”

He added: “There was too much honesty in the way that we defended at times. When I talk about honesty, I mean a bit of naivety. There were one or two fouls that we stayed up on instead of probably making the referee make a decision and I think that cost us, especially in the final third.

“We’ve got to marry the two – being in and out of possession – because I thought some of the play in possession was superb. We had control of the game but then it went end to end, and the end to end makes us a little bit vulnerable.

“There was an attacking intent and we got two goals away from home, but for the second game on the bounce away from home – Wycombe and here – we’ve shown a vulnerable side to our game and we’ve conceded three goals.

“I’m not happy with a few things today but we probably should have got something from the game.”

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