Despite falling to defeat against Warrington Town, Chris Hardy was pleased with the fact that his side were able to put in a ‘decent shift’ against the Yellows.
The game remained goalless up until the 80th minute when the home side eventually broke through thanks to an excellent low strike from substitute, Marcus Cusani.
And the Blues manager was graceful in defeat, admitting that he was pleased with the way his side matched Warrington in various departments.
“The boys put a decent shift in,” Hardy said.
“We gave a good account of ourselves in the opening stages. We discussed things that we needed to improve during half-time, but if I’m being honest, I don’t think we did improve those things.
“They found a head of steam which definitely gave them some forward momentum. Throughout the game, we perhaps lacked the quality required, but it was a valiant effort.”
Some pleasing attacking play did come from the Seasiders in the first half as Bradley Fewster found himself in a good position following some neat inter-play from the Blues.
He was unfortunate as he lost his footing, squandering the chance to keep the scores level. And even though the chance was surrendered, the gaffer was happy to see some positive play.
“There was some great inter-play on the edge of the box,” said Hardy.
“Bradley was probably hard done by not being able to keep his feet and make contact which would probably result in him finding the back of the net as a result.
“There were little bits throughout the course of the evening, but probably not enough to come to a Championship contender and take all three points.”
The Blues could always expect a difficult second half, made even more evident as their hosts came out the blocks flying for the second 45 minutes.
From that point of view, the team may be pleased that they manage to hold out for so long before their resilience was eventually broken.
“Fair play to them for starting so brightly,” Hardy stated.
“It felt as if it was getting a bit nervy at times for them but they stuck to the task to earn the 1-0 victory. Having said that, I feel we had a few bites of the cherry to prevent the goal.
“I’m a bit disappointed that we didn’t get out to the ball quicker and I’m disappointed that we made it a bit too easy around the 18 yard box.”
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