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GRAYSON: IT WAS A TEAM EFFORT

25 August 2012

Simon delighted with all-round performance

Simon Grayson was delighted to see his side record their first three points of the season, but warned that he wasn't getting carried away. 

“I am delighted with the victory,” Simon told htafc.com. “We scored a couple of good goals and kept a clean sheet – I thought right from the first whistle we were at it today.

“We closed and pressurised Burnley all over the pitch and used the ball with a purpose when we had it. We created some good opportunities and when we were under pressure in the game we defended professionally. There is undoubted quality within our squad, but I thought our work ethic today was first class.

“We aren’t going to get carried away because we are only three games in; but we have come up against three established teams and done well. The players showed a positive attitude and the supporters back us. We never let them have two minutes on the ball and that is what you have to do against the top teams.”

Town scored their first goals from open play of the season through Joel Lynch and Jordan Rhodes and Simon was pleased with the amount of times his players tested Burnley stopper Lee Grant.

“Some people may believe that Joel’s effort wasn't over the line, but that doesn’t worry me. We worked their ‘keeper well today and also hit the bar. The link up play between James Vaughan and Jordan Rhodes was excellent at times, but it was an all-round team effort that contributed to the goals today. 

“I thought ‘Lynchy’ was exceptional and James Vaughan, who came into the team at the expense of Lee Novak, offered us something different with his pace. I like Lee Novak and it was a tough decision not to play him but I though Vaughan complemented us very well – we have got good options all over the pitch.”

Winger Sean Scannell limped off during the first half and Simon updated us on his current situation.  

“Sean has pulled his hamstring and although we don’t know the severity of the injury yet it looks likely that he will miss next weekend. It is a shame because he has worked hard since he arrived here and possess quality, but I thought when Danny Ward came on he did well. I looked at the bench today and was delighted with the strength in depth that we currently have.”


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