Whitby Town manager, Chris Hardy, expressed his disappointment and frustration after his sides’ 2-1 defeat to Hednesford Town on Saturday afternoon.
The Seasiders came into the clash following an impressive defensive display against much fancied Scarborough Athletic on Bank Holiday Monday which added to the disappointment of Saturday’s display.
During the game against the Pitmen, the Blues conceded two poor goals from a defensive point of view but Hardy is keen to put things right.
“It’s disappointing on two fronts,” said Hardy.
“We delivered the ball into the box on several occasions but we didn’t look likely to get any type of contact to make those positions count for us.
“We conceded two goals on the back of our own offensive play. Somehow we’ve conceded a goal with their one man against three of our defenders which ultimately proved to be the winner.”
During the pre-match and half-time team talks, Hardy said that he discussed the importance of getting playmaker, Dale Hopson on the ball as much as possible.
This appeared to be a struggle on a frustrating afternoon at the Turnbull Ground with the midfielder himself struggling to create any significant times of danger for the opposition.
“We talked about getting the ball to Dale,” admitted Hardy.
“We didn’t seem to do that or get the balls into the right areas. This only happened for the last 15 minutes when we started to make some inroads.
“The instructions given weren’t followed today and that is frustrating from a management point of view when your players don’t take your advice.”
Hardy was also aware of the role that some particular players play in his side. Matty Tymon, in particular, was one player strongly missed by the Whitby management staff.
Greg Rutherford took Tymon’s usual position, however he, himself, had just come back from a spell on the sidelines leaving questions regarding how fit he was and whether he was ready to feature.
“Greg wasn’t fully fit today,” Hardy stated.
“He’s been too honest but he wanted to try and help the team. This risk has backfired on us. We only saw energy in attack when Kieran Weledji moved into his position.
“If we could do the game again, certain things would change. We’d do certain things differently, that’s for certain.”
Watch Chris Hardy’s post-Hednesford Town interview with Paul Connolly on the Whitby Town Facebook Page.