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MARK - WE NEED TO LEARN AND IMPROVE

24 October 2012

manager on last night's defeat

Manager Mark McGhee saw his side capitulate in a poor first half at Wimbledon last night and didn't mince his words in his post match press conference.

"It was a dreadful first half, even though we looked as though we were doing well in the opening ten minutes.

"Then we lost a goal and appeared to lose our shape and our energy and I've looked for all sorts of reasons for that.

"It was such a different, and lesser, performance than the one against Torquay on Saturday that it's hard to explain.

"This is a young group of players and I think they need to learn and improve in certain situations. I think we, perhaps, have to approach games slightly differently.

"Tonight we came here and I played Tom Eaves and Adam Virgo up front because I expected Wimbledon  to try and stop us playing from the back.

"With those two up top we had to play more directly in the early part of the game and I know that Adam can do that. I took him off at half time, though I didn't do that because that wasn't working, it was the play from the back to the front that wasn't working.

"It was hard on him but nonetheless the game was lost at that point. We might have won the second half 1-0, but by that time it was irrelevant.

"Wimbledon clearly had a report on our game against Torquay and worked hard on stopping us playing our passing game. Teams are going to do that and try to stop us from playing and we have to learn to accept that and work extra hard to create space for ourselves in order to play the game we want to."

He was also critical of defender Tom Parkes, who was sent off for picking up a needless second yellow card.

"On Saturday we go into the game without Tom, as well as the nine injured players we have. Tom's was a ridiculous sending off. I said to him, after his first booking, not to get himself sent off.

"His opponent ran down the outside of him and even if he had scored and we lost the game 1-4, we would still have Tom for Saturday, but his foul on the player was totally unprofessional and unnecessary, resulting in a ridiculous sending off."

Garry Kenneth also appears to be a doubt for the trip to Accrington.

"Garry limped off at the end and we could be going into the game on Saturday with no central defenders because of injuries and suspension."

In spite of the poor performance last night, the manager sent his side out feeling they were capable of getting something from the match

" I feel we had a team that could have won this game had they performed to the best of their ability. They didn't, and now we go into another hard game on Saturday with probably even more missing."

There were few positives to be taken from the game.

"Tom Eaves scored another fantastic goal, and I thought he did alright. In the second half he played as a lone striker until we were able to get David Clarkson up there to support him

"I think we just have to look at it and remember certain aspects of individual performances, and some within the team have to do better. There are people who aren't contributing as much as the rest and they need to stand up and be counted.

"We are relying on the same people all the time, and others have to mature a little bit and stand up and be counted."

The players were kept in the dressing room long after the final whistle, and listened to what the manager had to say.

"I don't really rant and rave, but I feel I can say things that are a lot more potent and a lot more significant by talking to the players. I spoke to one or two individuals afterwards and expressed the hope that it feels worse than me going in there and ranting, because  you don't have to do that to get a very strong message across.

"The strongest message I can deliver is that when we have players fit and returning from injury then some of those players on duty tonight will be out of the team."

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