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Adkins feels for players

8 February 2014

Boss: It's a shame

Nigel Adkins said it was a shame the players' good run of form came to an end against Sheffield Wednesday.

The game hinged on the early dismissal of Alex Pearce; before that we'd already created two good chances but once Wednesday went ahead the game was in their favour and in fairness they played well against our ten men.

Adkins said, "We started well, Pav and Alfie had two great opportunities, then the ref in his wisdom decided to send Alex Pearce off, which for me was totally the wrong decision and changed the complexion of the game.

"I thought despite that we were on top in the first half, we tried to be positive, kept the two up front and had two wingers at full back. It's hard work for the three in midfield to slide across, but they put a shift in and at half time there was a lot of belief.
"In the second half, fair play to Sheffield Wednesday, they had a good defensive resolve, uncharacteristically Alex popped a shot back out, the lad was right on the life of offside, then the game petered out for us.

"Late on we went far too direct, but we were looking at Semedo, a midfield player at centre half and then us getting around Pav. We needed to force the issue.

"Everything seemed to transpire against the players which is a shame because they've been working extremely hard. They put another good shift in, you can't blame them for that, it just went away from us so we have to pick ourselves up and get ready for the next one.

"We just keep going, we have a togetherness which is why it was a shame for the players. They didn't get what they deserved."

Considering his options if Alex Pearce misses next week's game at QPR, Nigel said, "There's a knock-on effect because Pearcey and Kaspars have been the centre halves. We brought Michael Hector back and we've every confidence in him, we go to Sunday's game so does Michael start, does Chris Gunter play there or do I appeal the red card? All food for thought. It's a shame for Pearcey because he's doing well."

Last but not least, the boss paid homage to our supporters for braving the elements, saying, "Everyone was affected, roads are blocked everywhere, it took me two hours to get here myself, so thank you to everyone who did make it. It was a good atmosphere, it was a shame it petered out but we'll go again."

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