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Manager post Arbroath

Saturday, 5th Mar 2022

05/03/22: link to post match comments from John Hughes


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Dunfermline manager John Hughes agreed that it was hard to believe that his side took nothing from the match against Arbroath.

“We definitely deserved something out of the match. I think we deserved to win it and score two or three goals. If we keep playing like that from now to the end of the season, doing it for 90 minutes, we will win football matches.

“We need to keep doing that, keep believing it. That’s the way that we are going about it, we flung everything at it and created enough chances. On another day the three points were going back to East End but we were playing against a team that is going for the title, you have to respect that.

“When they got that goal, albeit a really soft goal. For us to put so much into it and lose that kind of goal it is a little bit galling but when you are playing a team that’s going for the title you give them something to hold on to.

“You see the spirit and that’s why they are where they are. They are very difficult to break down so you have to respect that and take your hat off to them. I wish them all the best from now until the end of the season.

“My team? I cannot ask any more of them. We dominated the game, we passed the ball really well, we created chances and on another day the points are going back to East End.”

Unlucky with efforts hitting the woodwork?

“It has been like that for a couple of weeks. We are just not getting the rub of the green. I got asked a great question the other day - you have a lot of experience in the side - but that goes for absolutely nothing. I am just delighted to be working with these boys. We have talented players but anything you get in football you have to earn.

“If you don’t want to put a shift in then you will get your backside felt. It has never been like that since I came here. That’s one thing I will say about these boys, they give me everything that they have got week in week out.”

Other results did not go your way with Queen of the South and Ayr United winning?

“That is something that I cannot control. I can only look after my own team. If we keep playing like that for ninety minutes from now until the end of the season and take our chances, I am hoping that we will win more games than we lose.

“The challenge ahead? Bring it on! I have never been a shrinking violet, bring it on we are right up for the challenge. That is the kind of challenge that has to inspire you, motivate you and go and prove one or two people wrong. We are a good team and we are going to show you between now and the end of the season.”



John Hughes also spoke to Jordan Burt for ParsTV



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