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Boyle: We must grind out wins in these tight games

2 April 2018


Boyle: We must grind out wins in these tight games

2 April 2018

Stand-in skipper Will Boyle admitted the Robins need to learn to grind out results in tight games - and insisted now was not the time to feel sorry for themselves after defeat in Devon.

Boyle, who captained the team in the second half after Carl Winchester went off injured, admitted the narrow 2-1 loss at St James Park in Sky Bet League Two hard been hard to take.

Winchester had given the visitors a first half lead and both Nigel Atangana and Jerell Sellars hit the woodwork.

However, Boyle refused to dwell on what might have been and instead insisted lessons had to be learned after narrow defeats to Carlisle United and Exeter City over the Easter period.

"We can feel hard done by, as they have been tight games, but we don't want to feel sorry for ourselves. We've got to look to put that right straight away," he said.

"We could feel like we could have more, but I don't think that is the right approach to be honest.

"In both games they have edged it and scored when it matters and seen it out. It's very disappointing and we have got to put it right.

"It was a good goal from Winny because we were under quite a bit of pressure early on.

"We survived that and then Winny has put one in the corner. But we haven't seen it out until half-time so that is disappointing.

"I felt we should have done better first half and with the goal I should have done better. He has nicked in front of me and scored.

"Second half I felt we, as a team, played better and me and Joe (Rodon) were stronger and we had more play as a team.

"The result sums up the season and that has been the theme in the dressing room," added Boyle.

"That is the difference and the gaffer has said that is why teams like Carlisle and Exeter are in the mix and in the play-offs. 

"He is spot on and that is what the club want to be doing next season so we need to turnaround and learn how to win games like this to make sure we are in the mix come the end."

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