Date: 7th September 2015 at 4:46pm
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Manager Keith Hill has reflected on our League One campaign so far given the month of August and the point we took from Fleetwood Town at the weekend.

Speaking to the Official Site in his first interview, Hill explained that it had been a pleasing month for him on the whole given we returned ten points from a possible 15.

‘We`ve been pleased since we came back from pre-season. I saw a real appetite from the players and they were very convincing in the work that they did during pre-season, and that has led into the first month of pre-season. I think we were very unlucky to be beaten by Walsall. I think it was a very close match and I certainly haven`t been surprised by what Walsall have done. With respect to what we`ve done, I`m really pleased.’

Having talked ahead of the season about wanting to concede fewer goals this year, Hill went on to say that he’d been encouraged by our defensive showings so far as he felt it had given us a good base to build on – especially as for August we had the best defensive record in League One.

‘It has been encouraging. I think we`ve defended as unit better and with more responsibility. I think Jim has helped in that and I think Oliver Lancashire has started in fine form and Josh Lillis has too. Our full back areas of the pitch area very competitive when you consider that we`ve got Scott Tanser, Michael Rose, Rhys Bennett and Joe Rafferty, who can compliment those already playing in Andy Cannon and Tom Kennedy. Ashley Eastham came in for the game against Hull City and then Oliver Lancashire proved his fitness and got back into the side because of the good form that he`s kept. It`s no surprise to me that Jim McNulty got nominated (Player of the Month) when you`re keeping clean sheets on a regular basis – it can`t go unnoticed.’

As for the Fleetwood game itself, he went on to say about the point at Highbury.

‘You could say I`m disappointed (to take a point) but I`m also encouraged by the respect the opposition gave us. They were in our face and they pressed us for as long as they possibly could in the first half. For me, they tried to make it an ugly game in the first half. We rose to the challenge, we played through that and I was very encouraged by what we were doing towards the end of the first half.’

As for the second half Hill went on to say that he felt we ‘fully deserved’ to go infront, but with Fleetwood making changes and going more direct it did change the game and we couldn’t quite get that two goal advantage to make sure we took all three points.

‘I thought we had done more than enough to be winning 1-0. We conceded from a set play, which we are going to do throughout the course of the season. When we`re at 1-0, I think we`ve created enough opportunities to get the second goal and put the game to bed, but we didn`t. They were encouraged by one or two opportunities they got when Jamille Matt and Bobby Grant came on. I`m really encouraged by what we`re trying to achieve and I`m not too disappointed because we haven`t had too much when we`ve come up here in the past and they`ve been free scoring of late. I think we coped and it`s another string in the bow to what we`re trying to achieve.’

As for Ian Henderson’s missed penalty in stoppage time, Hill had to credit their keeper for the save he made.

‘I`d say that it was a good save. There`s a bravery to Hendo and when he picks the ball up, I`m not going to stand on the touchline and argue and debate. He`s a penalty taker – he`s missed one today and scored one against Coventry City.’

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