Moyses: 'We are in a dog fight'

Moyses: 'We are in a dog fight'

Friday Apr 13, 2018

The Boss on tomorrow's trip to Brackley and the Spennymoor defeat

Reds Boss Chris Moyses reflects on our 1-4 home defeat to Spennymoor last weekend and the trip to Brackley tomorrow afternoon.

The Reds were soundly beaten last weekend after a stunning strike from Nathan Lowe before Glen Taylor got the first of a three goal haul. Nyal Bell pulled a goal back in the second half but the visitors capitalised on defensive errors to romp to victory. The defeat leaves us 19th in the table after results for Curzon and Telford this week, just a point above the drop.

Chris, said:

"We were in the game for 30 minutes (last weekend) and we looked okay, looked solid but again human error, individual mistakes cost us, two before half time. That gives us a mountain to climb and people have got to stand up and be accountable, it's not acceptable to say we were unlucky. It's not going quite right for us, we need more than that and as a management group we felt hurt after the game and we felt let down."

"I was very disappointed, ultimately I take the responsibility for what happens on the pitch but people who are playing for me have got to stand up and be counted. We are in a dog fight and we shouldn't be, not with what we have here, the facilites, the way the club works and is, it doesn't deserve this and people need to realise that quickly."

On the Reds making games difficult in terms of chasing deficits:

"We can't keep giving teams the advantage, but what that tells me is that being 2-0 down, 3-0 down, takes the pressure off them. We dont really then compete from the start because we expect to go 1-0 down so that they can say it doesn't really matter now and start playing. But you have got to be competitive from from the start, we have to go in at half time still in the game, 0-0, one, two up but we don't do that because we aren't brave enough in these moments."

"We do the same things every week, we prepare well and we get things right. The lads are fired up beforehand and then when we get out there it goes flat far too quickly and the biggest problem we are having is that we are conceding goals at poor times in the game and we have a fragile group and those reactions come and we leave ourselves too big mountains to climb. We have to get it sorted and as a group we need to get it sorted."

On home form:

"There shouldn't be pressure at home, we have such a great set of fans, very supportive of the players and they dont get on their backs and when they do, they are entitled to. We aren't pressuring them so its strange that we can't build our home form and make this place difficult to come to, it's another aspect that needs working on." 

On the project at Alfreton when Chris first took charge:

"When I first came I wasn't expecting it to be this tough. Not with this group of players and I thought we would get a run of results together. But thats the issue, we can't build a string of results; but I'm man enough for the challenge and we will stick at it and keep going."

On Brackley tomorrow:

"We've trained this week, we need a positive reaction tomorrow. It will be very tough, they are in the play-offs and doing really well at their place. We need to react properly, we are in the fight and it's in our own hands and we need to keep it that way. We need to produce a reaction tomorrow, we will lift them, they know what is at stake." 

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