Date: 15th September 2015 at 5:15pm
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Manager Teddy Sheringham has said he felt the poor first half against York at the weekend had ultimately cost us all three points in the match.

Speaking to the Official Site following the two all draw, the manager explained that we had put unnecessary pressure on ourselves following the slow start that saw us go into the break a goal behind.

‘I obviously wasn`t best pleased with the first half. I got a little shout from the crowd after about 35, 40 minutes, ‘Why aren`t we playing like last week!?` Football doesn`t happen like that; we wanted to play like last week, on the front foot, but you have got 11 players out there trying to stop us playing like last week. They obviously saw how we played and they counteracted what we wanted to do, that happens.’

Sheringham went on to credit the job that the visitors had done to us in the first half as we had no answer for it, so at half time he would certainly have taken the point on the day, but then going two one up, he was obviously disappointed we didn’t take maximum points.

‘After the first half I would have been delighted to get a point out of it but when you are 2-1 up and have penalties and chances, you don`t expect to win but you would like to have won.’

With improvement in the second period though, that was a response from the players that did please the gaffer – especially as both of our goals came off the training pitch.

‘It got to a point where obviously I wasn`t happy, I wanted to make my feelings known and try to change a few things. Luckily for us it did change in the second half and it was a lot better but we put ourselves under pressure not being right in the first half. Delighted with the goals, both set pieces which is what you work on throughout the week so it is good that we get goals out of that. Delighted with the boys that scored too.’

As for the penalty, Brett Williams seeing his effort saved from the spot, the former England striker went on to say it wasn’t a shoddy effort, and the player had his sympathy because sometimes the goalkeeper does take the brownie point in that situation.

‘It is not the worst penalty that I have ever seen; he will probably score scruffier penalties but it is one of those – if the goalkeeper picks the right way and goes that little bit earlier; he is going to save it. There are some pluses, like I said to them in there but I am very disappointed with the way we started the game. It wasn`t good; you don`t want to see 45 minutes of that type of football. You want to see us on the front foot.’

Charlie Lee was also interviewed at full time and he shared the gaffer’s frustration from the performance.

‘The overall feeling is disappointment. We wanted to win but we didn`t start well. It was a tough game – they came, shut up shop and forced us into a few mistakes but we didn`t start well. When we got ourselves 2-1 up we will be disappointed not to hold out. You do feel a bit frustrated when you get two goals like that but there wasn`t really much in it today. They came, tried to make it a bit messy and they managed to do it.’

As for the change in mentality at half time, Lee went on to say we were a different beast for him and York couldn’t live with us but we did need that third strike to finish them off.

‘In the second half we looked a completely different team and for 20 minutes they couldn`t handle us, we scored two and we have to shut it out then. After we conceded the second goal we were a bit deflated but we pressed on and it only really looked like it was us that was going to win it. We will probably look at the first 30 minutes where we just a bit sloppy and that cost us really because in the second half we were the better team but you are already 1-0 down by then.’

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