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CRANIE BEMOANS SECOND HALF PERFORMANCE

10 August 2016

Second half performance cost Town

- Cranie was disappointed with his side's performance
- Defender upset with "sloppy goals"
- Focus turns to Newcastle United match

Martin Cranie was disappointed with his side’s performance as they lost 2-1 to Shrewsbury Town in Round One of the EFL Cup.

It was the defender’s first start of the season and he believes their second half performance lost them the game.

“Obviously we conceded a goal very early on in the game, which we were unhappy about,” explained Cranie.

“We got back in the game and thought we controlled the whole first half and created a few chances and could’ve been ahead at half-time.

“The second half was poor by our standards. We were way off it and maybe they deserved it in the end because we weren’t good enough in that second half.”

Cranie came in for Tommy Smith at right-back and was unhappy with the way, both he and his teammates allowed Shrewsbury Town to score both their goals.

“They were both sloppy goals to give away. We have to be disappointed with the way that they started the moves in their own half, especially the way they started their second goal.

“They managed to get the cross in and it obviously got set back to the guy coming in who scored, but as I said they were very poor goals from our point of view.”

In the match Town dominated the first-half following Shrewsbury’s 20 second opener, however, David Wagner’s side couldn’t gain control of the second half as easily.

“I think we were being too forceful with the ball, maybe trying to play through the middle too often and trying the harder pass when we should’ve been trying to keep the ball,” said Cranie.

“We had them running about first half, which made it easier for us to keep the ball, but we seemed to come off it in the second half for some reason and we weren’t passing the ball well enough.”

The Terriers’ attention now turns to their Sky Bet Championship match against Newcastle on Saturday one that Cranie is already focused on.

“This game (Shrewsbury) is done now. There’s nothing we can do and we had a chat about it this morning at the training ground. We’re going to put it straight to bed and now focus on Newcastle.”

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