Date: 21st April 2015 at 9:15pm
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First team coach Alan Rogers stepped into the breach at the ‘request’ of manager Micky Adams for the press summations post our Oxford defeat.

We all know what happened then to Adams but I’ll cover that in a minute.

Speaking to the Official Site following the three nil heavy defeat, Rogers explained that poor defending in the second period undid all the hard work we had put in during the first 45 minutes.

‘We huffed and puffed in the first half but we never really looked like scoring again. Second half, we couldn’t have had a worse start. When you concede the goal, you’ve got to have a bit of mental strength about you and make sure you’re tight for the next 10 minutes and then try and get back in the game. It’s a bitter pill to take. When we’re not scoring goals, we’re putting pressure on our back four to keep clean sheets which we haven’t been doing.’

Rogers goes on to say again that the first goal for them was very poor from our point of view as it’s simply a case of marking your man effectively and that gets worked on all week, so to be undone like that with a simple individual error was very disappointing.

‘The players have got to take responsibility, as a player, you’ve got to stand up and be counted. Defend set pieces, defend crosses. It’s a great club with great supporters but what they’re seeing is not good enough. The fact is, we can still get out of it. We’ve got to go to Plymouth and be positive and see what happens there. We’re missing opportunities to gain ground on other teams, but thankfully they’re missing opportunities as well. We’ve got to get a win.’

Since then with the departure of Adams and Rogers stepping up to caretaker duties alongside Shaun Garrett, he previewed the final two games of the season, starting with the game against Plymouth Argyle this weekend.

‘We’ll look to do a few things differently and we’ll see where we go. We’re both looking forward to the game and the challenge. We’ve been in to work on different ways we can get the best out of the players we have available. We’re confident that we can go to Plymouth and leave ourselves with a fighting chance.’

Rogers went on to say that Adams came in at a very difficult time for the club and sadly it hasn’t worked out as he’d have wanted, but now he has the extremely difficult task of heading us up and trying to avoid relegation and if he’s to succeed he needs everybody on the same page.

‘Our focus is moving forward and on the Plymouth game, to get a solid week’s training, get the base right, tweak a few things and we’ll go to Plymouth to try and win the game. The fans have been unbelievable, the club’s been in decline for a long time and they’ve suffered. Our hope is give them something to cling onto at Plymouth. They deserve better than what they’re seeing, but hopefully we can perform a minor miracle and keep us in the league and then build on it, because it’s a huge club with a great fanbase and the future is looking great under the chairman with a new training complex etc. So we’ve just got to try and stay in this league and live to fight another day.’

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