In recent weeks that has been the message that has come out of the club especially from Martin Gray, but it once again was our defending that cost us the game on Saturday.
We were playing a mid-table Curzon team, who were high in confidence after victory over leaders AFC Fylde, but we simply gifted them goals. To be fair to them they were clinical on the break and finished off their goals brilliantly, but some of the defending looked like the level we have come from, the Northern League.
The first goal wasn’t great defending, but it was the second and third that finished us off. Both goals came from us pushing on too many players forward, with those who were back being all over the shop as well.
In his post-match interview, Gray said we didn’t perform in both boxes and while it is true we put plenty of balls into Curzon’s box and probably should have scored more than once that is not where the game was lost. If we have to score three goals a game to get something we simply won’t be able to do it each and every week.
So what do we do? Obviously, what we are currently doing isn’t working. Is it the tactics defensively or is it the players. For many fans, some of our backline are fan favourites, myself include, but have we gone beyond the level they can play at? Possibly.
David Ferguson has been brought in as I believe a defender, but he made his home debut yesterday on the left wing.
Before the season started would I have taken where we are now, of course I would, but our form in recent months simply has been terrible. Since we won at Harrogate at the end of October we have only won twice in all competitions and our defensive record has been pretty poor from the word go.
I’ve been calling for Jameson being taken out of the firing line for some time now, but I’m not sure why we changed our complete shape yesterday. Cartman once again made an impact after coming on, but I really don’t know what the lad needs to do to start.
It doesn’t get any easier either, next week we travel to Chorley. When we played them at home despite winning, they looked a very good side and we were lucky that day to come away with all three points.
Hopefully, the defensive training goes better this week than last.