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Morris: "Pleased With Incredible Shift"

18 July 2022

Alex Morris praised his players for the incredible shift they put in to come away with a draw against West Bromwich Albion in our latest pre-season match at the weekend.

Dan Agyei’s solo goal cancelled out John Swift’s opener on 54 minutes and although the Baggies enjoyed more of the possession in rising temperatures, the Railwaymen’s organisation and work ethic kept the Championship side at bay.

Morris, who was missing a number of potential first-team players due to various reasons, was pleased with the application of his team against Steve Bruce’s side.

Morris told the club’s official website: “I thought the group of players we put out (on Saturday) were absolutely magnificent. They put an incredible effort in physically because we knew that we weren’t going to have as much of the ball as West Brom. They are a top end Championship side and it was another step up from the Barnsley game.

"And usually in these games, you can make changes at half-time or an hour in, but we were not able to do that because we have a lot of players missing through niggles, injury or illness. The injuries are not long-term, but some are medium term. It is what it is and we were asking those players to play 90 minutes, which we wouldn’t recommend at this stage of the pre-season, especially with the heat but they put in an incredible effort.

“They didn’t let West Brom penetrate through us at any time. Yes there were moments in the game when they got around us because you cannot stop everything because there is only so much space you can kill. 

Alex added: “Which means that when we had to defend our box well we did. The only disappointment on that score was the goal they did score. “

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