It was a “frustrating” afternoon for Chris Hardy and Whitby Town as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Hyde United at Ewen Fields.
Hardy was aware of the dangers that would be put to them ahead of the game, and he came away disappointed that his side were unable to deal with their opponents.
Speaking to Dan Kendall, the manager said how his whole squad were unhappy with the result and that they weren’t overally happy with their performance.
“I have to feel disappointed by that,” Hardy explained
“We came here hoping that we could get a result. The scoreline suggests that it was a bit of a drubbing, but I don’t think that was the case.
“I thought that we started really brightly in the first 20 minutes but Hyde then seemed to find form and I think they started to give us the runaround going into the interval.”
One positive Hardy took from proceedings came in the opening stages of the second half with the Blues applying pressure to their hosts and dealing with balls better in the defensive third.
However, despite this sustained spell of tension being added to the Hyde United defence, they were unable to capitalise, and once the second Tigers’ goal went in, it was all but over.
“We made a couple of changes at half-time,” Hardy admitted.
“I think that we dealt with things a lot better in the second 45. We went with a back four, as opposed to having three centre halves and we started to create some chances.
“Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to convert our chances which is disappointing. I think that the goals conceded were avoidable; I found something at fault in each one.”
Following the result, Hardy struggled to find any positives from the performance but believes that some of his starting eleven deserved some credit.
But overall, fine margins seemed to be key in the defeat with the defensive side of the game being extremely disappointing in Manchester.
“There’s a fair amount of frustration about the result,” Hardy stated.
“On reflection, there were probably some sixes and sevens out of ten as we had some reasonable performances. Defensively we should have been better.
“We should also have been better offensively. We know that Hyde have got qualities, and they were there to be seen in different periods of the game.”
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