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Adkins: A very positive start

9 August 2014

Boss reflects on 2-2 draw

Nigel Adkins was very pleased with his team's performance in the 2-2 draw at Wigan.

We deserved to win the game, and were by far the better team, particularly in the second half.

A late James McArthur equaliser meant we had to settle for a point, but it was still a very positive afternoon's work, with a first ever goal for Shaun Cummings and an excellent set piece finished by Sean Morrison.

The boss said, "Away from home against a side expected to be up there, I thought we were the dominant team, especially in the second half.

"We created a phenomenal amount of chances, starting with Ryan from a pull-back by Pav, we hit the post twice, Nick Blackman forced the keeper into a great save and we had so many things flashing across the box.

"We were unfortunate to be 1-0 down then Shaun Cummings, what a fantastic team goal that was. We played out from the back, played through the team, there's your full back getting forward. Shaun had a super pre-season. With him there I thought it would negate McManaman and like I say I thought he had a super game.

"Then the second goal from Sean Morrison was straight off the training ground, it worked a treat which was why everyone was very happy.

"We played really well, it's unfortunate at the end, we'd kept the ball well in the corner. Then one pumped ball into the box, Sean had a super game but in his desire to win the ball he got into Pearcey's space and they've scored.

"But I'm taking the overall big picture, I thought the spirit was there for all to see with a young side. The quality was excellent and we played some really good football. Simon Cox looked a class act when he came on."

We were backed by 700 fans who battled through a jam on the M6 to make the game, and the boss said, "I know a lot of the supporters took six hours to get here, and we appreciate what they do over the length and breadth of the country.

"We had a good away record last season, so we appreciate the supporters getting behind us, and we want a team for them to be proud of.

"Listen, I'm sick we haven't won, but there are many positives - team spirit, togetherness and quality of football - and I'm very positive about the future. We've got a young group, we must allow them to develop and make mistakes, but today is a good start."

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