Gradi: 'Life goes on'

Last updated : 19 April 2006 By Michael Morris
Managers comment after City's 1 - 1 draw at Crewe.

Dario Gradi

"We'll go on, life goes on. I'm not dwindling. It's actually exciting. It's nerve-wracking, but it's exciting. That's the best way to look at it," said Gradi.

"We'll play out the remaining games properly - we might give a few chances to some players, but that will be all. We'll work hard and regroup and get ready for next year.

"We've worked hard. I've made some mistakes but I've done the best I could with what we have. It's been a good effort by this group of players and if we had had them together for longer it might have been different.

"The players are quiet in the dressing room, and that's how it should be. There's been no fighting or shouting, they all know that to a man they have tried their best but it just hasn't quite been good enough. And we can live with that.

"I thought a draw was a fair result. We scored a terrific goal but Koumas always looked dangerous for them. Even if we'd have won the game, it still wouldn't have been enough so we have to get on with it."

Dave Jones

"I thought Jason Koumas was excellent and he took his goal very well," said Jones.

"We beat Crewe 6-1 earlier in the season but we knew it wouldn't be like that this time.

"They had a lot to play for - they were fighting for their lives - and they battled right up to the end, which will please their manager but that's little consolation.

"We've ended a three-game losing streak and we want to end the season as high in the league as possible to build a good foundation for next year.

"We've done better than most expected this season and everyone associated with the club can be proud, but we must move forward."