04:18PM, Thursday 11 October 2018
Maidenhead United must do the basics better if they’re to get back to winning ways at Boreham Wood on Saturday, says assistant Sam Lock.
There were plenty of positives to take from Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Leyton Orient, but Lock conceded they’d contributed to their own downfall.
That said, he doesn’t believe the last two home defeats, to likely title contenders Salford City and Orient, will dictate how this season goes for United.
“They’re two very good sides who’ll be right up there this season,” he said.
“But we haven’t done the basics well today.
“Defensively, clearing our lines, decision making, we were poor at times. And we lacked a bit of cutting edge up top. We had a lot of forwards on the pitch but the half chances aren’t going our way at the moment.
“You don’t want to be chasing the game against good sides, but at the same time we showed a lot of fight in that second half. We put them under pressure and how many chances did they have? None. You could say they took their foot off the gas but we improved and didn’t give them the same amount of space. We’ve probably shown both teams too much respect, but they’re very good sides and these results aren’t going to dictate our season.”
Lock felt the side lacked a cutting edge against the O’s, and was critical of the returning Ryan Bird, who failed to take a gilt edged chance in the first half.
The striker, who is returning from injury, hesitated for a fraction of a second before the chance was snuffed out by Marvin Ekpiteta’s challenge.
“I thought they had three chances today and they’ve put two of them away. That’s what the best sides do in this league. I look back at ours and we didn’t quite put them away.
“Ryan Bird probably has to score in the first half. If he puts that away I think the game changes. But that’s just the way it’s going for us. It’s swings and roundabouts in this league. You’re going to win some matches like this and you’re going to lose them.
“The top teams are consistent and, at the moment, we’re not consistent enough.
“We’re not doing the basics right and we’re lacking a bit of cutting edge up front. But we’ve got the players to do it. It’s up to us to get the best out of them and I’m sure we will.”
The Magpies will be without James Comley and Adrian Clifton, who are on international duty for Montserrat, for the trip to Meadow Park, but Lock is certain they can pick up a good result.
“Boreham Wood will be very tough, but every game in this league is tough,” added Lock.
“We’ve got to work hard in training this week. With Coms and Ady away it’s a chance for others to come in and take their spot. That’s what it’s about, competition for places. We need to do better but I believe we will.”
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