Date: 9th August 2015 at 8:10pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has given his thoughts following the opening day League One defeat to Chesterfield on Saturday.

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Having taken the early lead through Wilkinson, it all fell apart in the second period as the hosts came back with three goals of their own to take the opening day three points from us, but speaking to the Official Site following the game the gaffer thought there were plenty of positives we could take from the match, although clearly improvement is required.

‘I thought we started well. We looked slick on the counter attack. We got pegged back, once we got pegged back a few went down like dominos. I thought our back three were superb. We could have had a couple ourselves on the break. Over the course of 90 minutes, we did look like we capitulated.’

Mixed emotions certainly, and he went on to say that from his point of view the second and third goals especially were ‘poor’ from us and we could’ve done a lot better in those moments with our defending.

However he had great praise for the fans and their support, especially finding us three one down.

‘I thought our fans were excellent. Even 3-1 down they were still singing and right behind the boys. Even after the game they showed the boys. We have to grow up very quickly because this league is a tough league. We certainly have some improvements to make.’

He admits it didn’t help that he was ‘forced’ into changing the shape on the day, but even then whilst there were good things to take from the match and positives, there wasn’t enough of them and that’s something we have to address quickly ahead of the coming games.

‘We gave up too much space wide. That is one of the risks of the formation. We had to move Josh out of the middle of the park and he’s done the best he could. It wasn’t ideal.’

James Bree also missed out the gaffer confirmed because he had a groin issue.

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