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Kelly: “We Have To Dust Ourselves Off.”

2 September 2015

Manager Darren Kelly was less than impressed with his side’s performance last night as they were knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by Shrewsbury Town.

Liam McAlindan fired the Shrews in the lead five minutes before the break and Tyrone Barnett rounded off the scoring in the second half, guiding the ball into an empty goal.

Speaking about the performance, Kelly said: "It was disappointing. It was a lapse in concentration to concede two goals but I thought we weren’t at the races tonight.

"We couldn’t get near them and we were ball watching far too much. Nobody was looking at their runners and at times they were playing around us but we have to dust ourselves off and get ready for Saturday.

"We tried to be productive in the final third but we just didn’t cut it tonight. We can do better from start to finish. I’m not going to stand here and paint anything over it, we just weren’t good enough.”

One positive to take from the game was the debut of 18-year-old defender George Edmundson, who competed well with the Shrewsbury forward line.

“I thought George was excellence,” admitted the gaffer. “He is a young man and it was his first game this season but I thought he did well.”

It’s now another quick turnaround and a chance to put this game out of the memory as Bradford City are the visitors on Saturday afternoon. 

"We have got to concentrate on the league now. I’m disappointed to be out of the cup because I thought it was a competition we could have done well in but tonight wasn’t our night.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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