Date: 9th August 2015 at 6:28pm
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New goalkeeper Scott Carson has said he believes the experience in the back line in the Championship opener against Bolton told given the pressure we came under at points in the match.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Carson pointed to the fact that the back four and him boast well over 1000 league games between them, and he felt that was key to withstanding the pressure they did put us under with how the game played out.

‘It`s a clean sheet; it`s a point away from home and in the end that point could be vital. Both teams will say that they should have won, but over the course of the 90 minutes we were the better the side and the one that wanted to play the better football. We had a lot of experience in the backline and I think you need that in this league. You need calm heads because there was always going to be a 10 to 15 minute break in the game where we was going to come under pressure.’

Carson admits that certainly happened during the game and with the wood work coming to the rescue it certainly seemed like it was going to be one of those days, but on days like that that’s where experience and a calm head can really pay dividends to see those spells out.

With enforced changes owing to knee injuries to Will Hughes and Craig Bryson, he went on to say.

‘It was frustrating for both Will and Craig that they have had to go off and the Head Coach as well. He set his team up and he had to change it early on. Shots and Jeff came on and as well as those two we had a lot more quality on the bench if players do happen to go down. Hopefully they are not going to be serious injuries, but we have got the quality in reserve to come on as and when we need it.’

As for the overall game, the former England stopper admitted it was a story of missed chances on the day as a single goal would’ve likely won it for either side – but like head coach Paul Clement he took the positives of the chances that we did create on the day as with the quality in the group he knows another day will see us take them.

‘The chances that both sides missed was the story of the game. We got into positions and we came close to applying that finishing touch. The pleasing aspect for us is that we are getting into those positions where we are creating chances and we are not coming away from here thinking that we have got a 0-0 draw and defended for our lives.’

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