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Hardy – “It was a diabodical game of football”

Whitby Town manager, Chris Hardy believes that yesterday afternoon’s 1-0 defeat to Hyde United was, on the whole, a “diabolical game of football”.

The Blues fell to defeat after a scrappy goal from the visitors when a corner was swung in and headed in from 6 yards by John McCombe.

This would prove to be the decisive moment in an otherwise poor game that lacked quality and cutting edge from either side at the Turnbull Ground.

“The game involved two poor sides with ourselves being the poorest,” said Hardy.

“That wasn’t one for the football purest today, it was hard going. If we look at it from our point of view, we knew improvements had to be made at half-time.

“We needed more composure in terms of what we were doing on the ball which I’m sure would have brought about more openings. In the end we either tried too hard or not hard enough.”

It was also concerning for the Seasiders’ boss to see his side continuously looking uncomfortable in possession throughout the match.

Dale Hopson was brought on at half-time to try and change this but yet again, Hardy’s men were struggling for options with the ball.

“It was hard to take from the sidelines,” admitted Hardy.

“The boys were committed to what we were trying to do but we needed to show more. Unfortunately we didn’t have it in use today.

“It was the same story in that most weeks we can talk about the sort of goals like the one we conceded today. It’s very rare that teams open us up or score worldies against us.”

Hardy was also apologetic to the supporters who paid their money to come and watch yesterday’s match due to the lack of quality from both sides.

In what was built up to hopefully be an exciting season from the Blues, the team is yet to live up to the pre-season hope created by fans.

“I have to appologise because that wasn’t a level today,” Hardy stated.

“We should have capitalised on an outfield player in their goal late on in the game, but we didn’t do this. I said to the boys that it didn’t matter whether anybody went in goal, we weren’t doing enough.

“Having said that, I don’t think Adam (McHugh) had anything to do today. It was a game played without too much being asked of either goalkeeper.”

Watch Chris Hardy’s post-Hyde United interview on the Whitby Town Facebook Page.