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Cook Disappointed with Result

27 October 2013

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Paul Cook was disappointed not to get the victory over Bristol Rovers yesterday despite dominating for large spells of the game.

Eoin Doyle was at the centre of the action, missing a guilt-edged chance and later being dismissed, but the manager felt the goalless draw wasn’t good enough.

He said: “It’s a game we should have won. We accept that we are not doing so well as a club at the moment and we take that on board. We’ve just lost that little bit of energy, penetration and that creativity what made us so good early on, but we go away and work harder. 

“We are in a little bit of a blip at the moment but we expected to win here today and I thought on the back of Tuesday night, we’d have the impetuous and at the moment the balance in the team isn’t correct. 

“At the moment, we are all down and as my job as a manager, I’ve got to pick them up.”

Both Samy Morsy and Ian Evatt were taken off due to knocks in the game and the Liverpudlian had good and bad news on the injuries.

“Bringing Evatt off was only precautionary. I thought he was excellent today. He was commanding, strong and his fitness levels will come. Ian can only get stronger and stronger. 

“Morsy looks like he has a bad injury though but we’ve got to regroup and work harder because it’s a long season. 

One positive to take out of the game was the impressive debut of Ollie Banks. The midfielder played over 70 minutes of the game, replacing the injured Morsy, and Cook was delighted with his contribution.

“I thought Ollie Banks was absolutely magnificent today,” he commented. “To see a lad come from non-league and put in a performance like that is possibly one of the few things that will make me smile looking back at the game.”

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