O'NEILL: WE MUST CUT THE MISTAKES OUT
Sunday Aug 24, 2014
Stand-in Alfreton Town manager Russ O’Neill was a disappointed man after more defensive errors cost his side any chance of some points reward in a 3-2 home defeat against Wrexham on Saturday.
He reflected: “I think it’s easy to see where it went wrong in all honesty.
“We started the game well, again we have gone a goal up, could have gone two or three and then we have made three mistakes again to let them get in the driving seat.
“After that we have responded again well and got the next goal back and we thought if we could get the next goal we might go on to get something out of the game and I think we very nearly did, we hit the post late on, but defensive errors have cost us again, it’s plain to see.
“Crosses and corners again. Obviously the first goal for the young lad (Cameron Dawson on his debut) he has made a mistake. It’s his decision he has got to make, he has not made it and I have told him just to carry on. I think he has dwelled on it for five minutes and got himself involved. He has just got to brush that aside and go on again. After that I don’t think he did do too bad.
“ We have conceded an unnecessary corner which I thought we could have dealt with. When it has come in again, I sound like a broken record, we have told them where the danger is going to be and we haven’t dealt with it and we have gone 2-1 down.
(For the third goal) They (Wrexham) have got the ball down quick to be fair to them, they have got it down the side of us put a ball in, we have switched off and they have got in to go 3-1 up.”
O’Neill swapped things around at half time, taking off captain Chris Smith and replacing him with Nathan Hicks. Defensively the Reds looked more solid with Jordan Keane putting in a big performance at the heart of the defence.
“Chris has been a little bit tight and leggy a little bit of late and I thought I could sense it first half that he wasn’t quite getting up to things that he has done in previous games.
“Nathan Hicks has done well from the bench. In all honesty, we have been looking whether to start Nathan or not and he has been a little bit unlucky not to start.
“I thought Jordan Keane might go back there and deal with Moult and Durrell a little bit better and Hicksy might give us a bit of something going the other way and as it worked out I think it did.
“We have come out second half, we have not conceded and we have scored again and won the second half 1-0.
“Again in the grand scheme of things though we have lost the first half 3-1 and if we are going to concede three goals at home we are not going to score four every week and I think that just sums us up at the minute.
“We have got to cut the mistakes out. We are not going to start winning games unless we start keeping clean sheets or conceding less” ended O’Neill.