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Grayson: Late Goals A Good Trait

Manager Reflects On Point At Accrington

21 September 2019

Simon Grayson was pleased to see his side battle away and score late on in a game once again, this time to draw 1-1 at Accrington Stanley.

The Seasiders weren’t necessarily at their best at the Wham Stadium, however a 92nd minute goal from Matty Virtue made it four points from a possible six on the road this week.   

“In the first-half we played some decent enough stuff and I think we created more chances in the first-half than we have in some full games this season. We probably just didn’t have the conviction and the ruthlessness to really finish those chances when they came along,” the manager said.

“They had a couple of decent chances and got a break with the own goal, but we showed a lot of character and drive to keep going and get a valuable point.

“It’s a good trait to have (scoring late). We’ve picked up four points in the last minutes of games now, so I’m pleased with that.”

Virtue’s goal was his second consecutively against Accrington and was just reward for his performances in the last two matches, having recovered from an injury that forced him to miss the start of the campaign.

“I spoke to him this morning because I believe it was his first league goal here last season, and I told him to go and get another one here as well. He’s got that in his locker, he’s got good quality and to score in front of the away end, with a great finish, was pleasing.

“I’ve known Matty quite a bit and I rate him as a player. It is infuriating when you’re playing catch-up. You do a lot of your pre-season work, then you’re out for six weeks, I think it was. He knows he’s going to get better and I still feel there’s other players in the team that have got a lot more to offer in certain aspects of the game.”

One player missing from the squad at Accrington was top scorer Armand Gnanduillet, who will hopefully be fit enough to return next week.

“He had a bit of a muscle injury from Tuesday night and we just decided that he was too much of a risk to play him today, otherwise he may have been out for four or five games. Hopefully he will be back next Friday. It was a sensible thing to do and we’ll assess him ahead of the game against Lincoln,” Grayson confirmed.

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