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Dacres-Cogley: "One game can be a turning point"

17 February 2023


Dacres-Cogley: "One game can be a turning point"

17 February 2023

Josh Dacres-Cogley took time out of his week to speak to the local press ahead of the fixture at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Dacres-Cogley spoke about Tuesday’s defeat at Bradford, individual errors amongst the team, the league and the atmosphere at Prenton Park on a matchday.

“Everyone feels the same thing around the club. We feel like we put a string of good performances together, don’t get results, get a result in one, and then the next game, goes back to the start, which is disappointing especially at this stage in the season.

“Individuals will take responsibilities for mistakes in games and we have made too many mistakes which have cost us games, but also, we haven’t scored enough goals and we have weird patches where we play teams who are above us in the league, and we beat them, and then go somewhere else and lose – so we need to find that consistency.

“Everyone is trying their best at the minute to create stuff, to contribute with goals, but hopefully goals will come soon. We’ve been working hard in training to put those chances away, but everyone is trying to do the right things, create chances and score goals.

“I’d be the first to put my hand up when I’ve made a mistake and as will anyone else in the team, but there, the games not done, so we need to focus when that happens on moving around it and trying to get something from the game, and I feel like on Tuesday, when Matt [Hewelt] made a mistake, we tried to get round him and salvage something from that game.

“Everyone in this league can beat each other, and you see it week in, week out. There’s never easy games, even down the bottom end of the table, and it’s tough when we feel good, and the team feels good, but it doesn’t go our way, so it’s tough, and I’m unsure if it’s a mentality thing because we’re positive before these games.

“One game can be a turning point in someone’s season, and when we are at home, it breeds a different type of energy. Everyone will be up for it, especially after Tuesday, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Mansfield Town visit Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon, and the Super White Army will be up for the fixture – as they look to bounce back to winning ways.

“Whenever a team comes to Prenton Park, the odds are already in our favour from the start, and I feel like the lads feed from that, It gives us one up before the football even starts, and the fans think ‘we’re in trouble here’, so that’s been our big thing this season – playing at home, against big teams, create chances, don’t give them anything and get results.

“Fans are always there, and play a big part, as they do away – but there’s always a different type of vibe away, but for me, there’s little moments. If one person does something well, it changes the dynamic of the fans and of the team, and I feel like we get lots of those at home, so I think that is where we get our drive from.

“For me, you don’t gain anything from being negative, even in the worse of situations. You want to create that energy around you, where whatever happens, you're positive, and you want people to feed off that, so for me, that’s a big part of how I think and how I play.

“It’s a massive 15 games for us, especially if we want to get into the play-offs. As long as everyone stays fit, prepared mentally, then hopefully we can get something from it, dig in and take it game by game.”

Josh's full video interview is available now for YouTube members by clicking here!

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