Cook’s Corner

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The views of Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook after the 1-1 draw at Long Eaton.

“Despite the rain, and the fact the ground was already wet, I thought the pitch was as good as it could have been.

“It had grass on it, it was OK and we gave one of the best performances of the season.

“People might think that is daft because we didn’t win the game, but we controlled it from start to finish.

“We created chances and just needed to take them, although we know we can’t score nine or seven or six every week.

“We hit the woodwork three times and I think in our last two games we’ve had nigh on 40 shots and 30 on target.

“I thought we dominated for almost the whole 90 minutes so obviously it is disappointing not to win.

“We spoke in the changing room after the game and said there have been games we have won when we haven’t played so well, so we have to accept this,

“We made a change, with Tom Lee at left back and Chris Batchelor as an attacking midfielder, replacing Josh Greening, and we can’t say it worked because we didn’t win, but it gives us something else to think about.

“I thought the 16 players we took to Long Eaton would play in any other team in this league, and I know that they all want to start.

“It is human nature and I am aware we want to get Frank Belt and Craig Palmer playing again.

“But Craig missed all of pre-season and couldn’t do anything until the middle of October so we have to be mindful of that.

“However, this weekend Scott Phillips is away and Billy Logan might be working.

“I thought Long Eaton were a decent hard-working side and they realised that while they were only 1-0 down they had a chance.

“We should have had a penalty when Chris Batchelor beat two players and the centre half has slid in and taken him out, but the referee played advantage, Craig Hogg scored and the linesman gave him offside.

“Everyone makes mistakes, and the referee apologised to the players and to me, so at least he acknowledged it

“If we had been 2-0 up, it would have taken the wind out of Long Eaton’s sails but there is nothing we can do now.

“Nostell Miners Welfare come here on Saturday and when we played them away we were in a right game until they had a man sent off and we went on to win 5-1, so I expect this to be another tough game.”