11:00AM, Friday 11 August 2017
MANAGER Alan Devonshire is pleased his side have shown they can match sides in the National League for effort and skill but he found it difficult to pull too many positives out of the bones of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Wrexham.
United showed their character to come from behind and draw their opening game at Maidstone United on Saturday and were the better side for much of Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Wrexham, but Devonshire knows that points on the board are far more important that plaudits in the National League and said getting one from six ‘isn’t great’.
On Tuesday they were comfortably the better side and should have been awarded what looked a stonewall penalty for a foul on Sean Marks after the break after Dave Tarpey had equalised for the Magpies late in the first half.
But, despite going toe-to-toe with one of the league’s biggest sides their efforts went unrewarded thanks to a brace from Manny Smith.
“At the end of the day you don’t take positives when you lose,” said Devonshire.
“I can say ‘we did this or that’ but at the end of the day I wanted to win the game.
“It would have put us in a good situation. But now it’s a bigger game on Saturday.
“They’ve had two shots and scored two goals.
"But listen we’ll roll up our sleeves and go again on Saturday.
“The support was great again. We’re still on the euphoria of last season. That can change.
“You can lose six, seven on the trot in this league. It’s a hard, hard league. But let’s see where we are after 46 games.
“We’ve done ok, but we’ve only got a point on the board from six so that ain’t the best even though the performances have been ok.
“I want us to defend better. You can’t try and defend when you’re standing behind someone.
“You've got to read the game. We’ve defended poorly. It’s something we’ll have to look at and we’ll go from there.”
Devonshire also expects his side to handle the occasion of Saturday’s live TV game against Hartlepool (12.30pm kick-off)
“At the end of the day it’s just another game,” he said.
“Yes it’s on the TV but if the players want to be a hero and have a good game then they’ve got a great chance to do it on the telly.
“They can look back on that 20 years down the line, but, at the end of the day it’s another game and we’ve got to bounce back now.”
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