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Cowley: We Battled For That Win

Boss reflects on victory over Bolton

30 October 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It was a sharp contrast to the last time that Danny Cowley spoke to the media following a match at Fratton Park.

He had been left angered and disappointed – much like the home faithful – by a limp performance in a heavy defeat to Ipswich.

Thankfully, everyone was in a better mood after John Marquis’ clever finish secured a 1-0 victory over Bolton.

And Cowley was pleased with the battling qualities on display from his troops to claim the three points.

The Blues boss said: “I don’t think we’ll have a more important three points all season – although we might find a more free-flowing performance.

“We knew we’d let everyone down the last time we were here and that hurt everyone’s pride, as well as the confidence.

“When you’re in that place, you have to dig deep and find a way through. I felt that’s exactly what we did.

“We came out for the second half with more intensity and aggression, got the goal and that gave us more confidence.

"I don’t think we’ll have a more important three points all season – although we might find a more free-flowing performance."

Danny Cowley

“It could have been a lot easier because we had a good dominance and a second would have lowered my blood pressure a little.

“That wasn’t to be and so we had to battle hard, but the most pleasing thing for me was the clean sheet.

“We’ve worked a lot on our defending this week. It’s an 11-man job and that started with John up front.

“Four points from the last six – and we were probably a bit freer last week – is a positive and we managed the game well against a good Bolton team.

“There was no celebrating in the dressing room afterwards, though, because we’re just focused on trying to back it up against Cheltenham on Tuesday night.”

Ryan Tunnicliffe replaced Joe Morrell in the centre of the park, but limped off injured late in the first half.

Cowley said: “It looks more like a neural problem than a soft tissue one, which is a positive thing. We’ll let it settle and see where it’s at.

“Joe had a bit of a tight groin and because we’ve got a three-game week, we just gave him a bit more time.”


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