Date: 26th January 2015 at 5:30pm
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Manager Graham Westley has said that the team can learn a lot of lessons from our defeat at the weekend to Shrewsbury Town.

Having taken the early lead, but then found ourselves two one down, we got back on level terms before the half time break but a late late winner for them took a point from us.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the gaffer was adamant that there was a foul on Adam Marriott in the build up to their first goal, but he knows we should’ve done a lot better than we did after that.

‘Our reaction to the disappointment of that decision cost us two goals because before we knew it we were 2-1 down as we were still moaning about the foul when the penalty was given. So some learning points in terms of our mental reaction to situations, we’ve got young players, learning players, players who have been at much lower levels playing in probably one of the biggest games they’ve ever played in and we’ve got to make sure as we go forward and play some very big games in the coming weeks that we learn from today and improve as we have done over the last six weeks.’

With Shrewsbury sitting up in second place in the league and being one of the clear favourites for promotion this season, and our early season struggles, pushing them so close in the game is a positive, even if it was a very defensive rear guard action in the second half from us – it does show how far the team as come and in terms of development, there’s a lot more to go yet.

With the substitution of Tom Pett during the first period, Westley did say it interrupted our game plan because Pett has been one of our best performers in recent weeks and he’s key to how we play given what he does with the ball, so that was a blow that it took us a bit to recover from as well.

‘It was a sickener to lose him and it definitely changed the way we had to play, we reshuffled and probably didn’t get it right straight away.’

The gaffer only called it a knock though, and it’s not believed he will be out for long.