'We are losing a little bit of our togetherness', says Magpies' Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly. Photo: George Tewkesbury

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Maidenhead United’s Josh Kelly admitted his team are losing ‘a little bit’ of their togetherness and certain players are ‘not giving 100 per cent’ following their defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge at the weekend.

Kelly was the supporters’ – and probably Alan Devonshire’s – best performer on Saturday with the 22-year-old in constant chase of the ball and able to score his seventh goal of the season to halve the deficit at one stage.

It’s made him the top goalscorer for the Magpies this season with Sam Barratt in close second on five goals. That statistic didn’t satisfy Kelly too much at full-time, however, when he spoke to club media officer Grace Scott.

Irritated and exasperated, Kelly said: “It doesn’t really mean much if we’ve lost the game. I’ve improved since last year but I’m feeling deflated.

“I got my goal to make it 2-1 and I thought that was going to get us back in it. Then, I thought it was a foul on Emile (Acquah) [inside the box] – but you don’t get everything – and they went down the other end and scored again straight after.

“We started the game well and in the first 20 minutes we were all over them. But we’ve been struggling a bit with defending at the minute.

“We need to dig deep and really come together as a team. We are losing that a little bit – people are ball watching and not giving 100%. We need to start working hard again and doing the basics and go from there.

“There are still plenty of games left to dig deep and keep going. We’ve got to try and stick at it.”

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