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SMITH DISAPPOINTED WITH POOR START

16 September 2012

Boro Player spoke to manager Gary Smith after his side earned a 2-2 draw at home to Crewe Alexandra, and he felt his side should have had all three points.

He described the opening six minutes, in which two goals were conceded, as “a mad six minutes” and admitted that “we have given ourselves a lot to do in our last two league games”. 

He continued “[We were] Two goals down in a very short space of time and not a lot to look forward to, but the reaction was fantastic. There was lots of pressure and some really good football, two goals and certainly enough chances to have won it in the end, but when you’re asking that much of a team you tend to find that you don’t quite come up with the full three points and we’re pleased that we’ve come out of it with one after the way we started.”

After such a poor start his side dominated the rest of the first half and there was almost a worry that they hadn’t pulled level in that time. A thought shared by the manager, “My worry was that we’d had plenty of pressure and some good momentum before the break and sometimes the half time comes and you can’t quite find that pressure again but we did. 

“Looking back on it there were two or three moments even in the first five minutes that we might have converted and it might be a different story then but we scored with seven minutes left on the clock with probably not enough time to get the job done but with their man deficit we felt that we could get it done.”

Robin Shroot came off the bench to score for Boro again, a goal that equals the number he scored throughout the whole of last season, and Gary couldn’t stress strongly enough the importance of having professionals like Robin in the dressing room. “His characteristics at the moment, whether coming off the bench or starting the game, are very good; he doesn’t get down if he’s not starting, he realises why and understands that he can still make an impression and it’s that positive attitude that has given him three goals in six games and he had a terrific pre-season. He’s certainly making a difference whether he’s coming off the bench or starting.”

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