08:57AM, Thursday 01 December 2016
Alan Devonshire is urging the Magpies to get back to basics after the concession of two very soft goals at Wealdstone on Tuesday cost them their place in the FA Trophy.
The manager felt the Magpies had given themselves a mountain to climb after conceding unnecessarily sloppy goals to Matthew Whichelow and Liam Goulding and noted that the visitors fightback, sparked by Dave Tarpey’s magnificent 22nd goal of the campaign came much too little, too late. Having seen the side concede twice against the same opposition on Saturday, albeit after playing more than half of the match with 10 men following Ryan Upward’s sending off for a late challenge on Elliott Godfrey, the United manager said the side must get back to the water-tight displays they were showing earlier in the campaign.
Tuesday’s exit from the Trophy does though allow them to tread a well worn cliché and concentrate on the league, which they’ll be doing when Margate visit York Road in a league match on Saturday.
“We didn’t play well,” said Devonshire. “We had a few chances, and a good chance right at the end, so we’re a little bit disappointed. Oh yeah it was a closely fought game, and it could have gone either way. But we gave away two soft goals and that’s given us a mountain to climb. In the end what we did was too little, too late.
Saturday’s visitors sit one place above the relegation places in 19th but Devonshire said there are no easy games in the National League South and expects them to pose a big threat.
“There are no easy games in this division,” he said.
“We want to bounce back but we’ve gone from being a good defensive side to a team that’s giving sloppy goals away.
“We conceded two against Hungerford, one against Bath City, two on Saturday and two more last night. We’ve got to get back to doing the basics right and working together.”
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