The City boss left the Wham Stadium frustrated this evening after he thought that his side should have taken grasp of the numerical advantage following the dismissal of Sean McConville late in the game against Accrington Stanley and gone on to win the game.
“Before the game, we possibly would have taken a point as they [Stanley] don’t concede many goals, but I’m just frustrated that we didn’t break the deadlock as we got into some very good positions on numerous occasions. The keeper made a couple of good saves but there’s just frustration at the minute.” Michael admitted.
“We needed to switch it a little better than we did and get the wide players involved more than we did. We got a clean sheet and taken a point from the game but I can assure you there’s no one in the dressing room happy with just taking a point.”
The sending off with just under 20 minutes to go of McConville was a talking point and can understand why his opposite number, John Coleman, was a little aggrieved with the decision.
“If you’re making an honest challenge then I understand it, if the law says it’s a sending off I get that too. Back in my playing days it probably would have only been a booking. But we should have taken the opportunity to take the advantage after that and gone and scored.”
However, despite the disappointment Michael said it’s now about using the point as a platform for a positive performance in the next game at Swindon on Tuesday night.
“That’s what I said to the lads in there we have to now back it up, it’s a point and it’s a clean sheet away from home, we’ll find out on Tuesday night. It doesn’t matter where they are in the league, teams can put performances on and surprise you. We have to make sure we show the same spirit, energy and commitment but just have a little bit more quality in the final third.”
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