By Liam Ryder
Chris Hardy was left disappointed with the manner in which his side blew a two goal lead against Rushall Olympic at the Turnbull Ground last night, somehow going down 3-2.
“The first goal, it’s a good goal but their lad gets in too easily with a two on one situation in our favour, he’s broken into the box and put it in the top corner.
The other two were defendable and we should be doing better in those situations. The nature of the goals is something that we know is the team’s Achilles heel and something that needs addressing and sorting going into next season.”
Coming from the neutral point of view, the game was a brilliant, entertaining end to end match, however Hardy was unhappy with the way in which the game panned out from the management point of view.
“We started poorly and struggled to get into the game but then we began to grow into the game and took a deserved lead. Going two up, it seemed really comfortable in terms of what we were doing.
It seemed that we could have game managed and seen the game out but we’ve somehow had a collapse and we’re suddenly on the end of a 3-2 scoreline with defending that sums up our season.
We didn’t seem to have a lot of conviction in and around the box so that was disappointing. Somehow we’ve managed to miss three clear-cut chances. There were positives we can take from the game though.”
Looking back on Saturday’s fixture, the 3-0 victory over Marine, the Blues’ boss could see the confidence gained from that performance in last night’s performance against the Pics.
“If we talk about Saturday’s game and the belief that gave the boys this evening, that was evident. It was evident that the boys did had a bit more swagger about what they were doing and they had more purpose.”
As the gaffer had already mentioned, he was trying to take the positives from last night’s defeat, and yet again it was Callum Patton who impressed him the most, deservedly picking up the Sponsor’s Whitby Man of the Match.
“I’ve been nothing but impressed with him. Him and Monkhouse have been really good in the middle of the park tonight. We took Hume off and put Callum up top, and he did equally as well in an advanced position.
You can watch Chris Hardy’s post-Rushall Olympic interview with Liam Ryder following this link to the Whitby Town Facebook Page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/whitbytownfc/