3 October 2020
AFC Bridgnorth fell to a 4-1 defeat this weekend away to Wednesfield FC.
Despite netting first through Cam Milne, the hosts were clinical on the break and were able to score four times to take home the three points on a day to forget for the Meadowmen.
On the performance:
“To be honest, we weren’t expecting that performance from our lads today. We were expecting to kick on from Shifnal where we played very well and the only real difference was the finishing on the night. We held a very top side in Shifnal and I thought there was no reason why the lads wouldn’t kick on and get the three points today.
“It was a poor day for us when looking at the bigger picture. I think defensively we need to be ready for teams to pile men forward and then look to counter the opposition, just as Wednesfield did to us today. In periods, we were caught cold and we know what we must do now to get through this tough defeat. We must move on together and as a team.”
On the opponents:
“We knew what Wednesfield were going to bring today. They all work very hard for the manager, with the two up top they were always going to create chances, they are going to be a handful for any team. They play with a good tempo and are very set on winning the second balls. They know what it takes to get out of a scrappy game and because of that, I think they’ll not struggle to pick up points this season, even when not at their best.
“After the FA Vase game where we did just about win the game at the death, we knew they’d be up for it to get one back at us for that because things can hurt teams more when a loss results in a cup exit.
On the response moving forward:
“Firstly, we, as a managerial setup, have to do some soul searching because losses hurt and we understand how much it can effect some of the lads. The game is over now and we can’t change what has happened, we must look at finding a remedy for our problems on the pitch.
“I’m not one to make excuses but missing players is a problem for every club. I think it’s obvious that Andy Hartlebury is a big miss for us and was for us today. At the minute we’re struggling with some players in and out the side. I don’t want to make excuses because we were fairly beaten today. It’s not the first time this has happened, we must be able to handle teams that come at us and we must grab the tempo of the game and start to control things more.
“I want to quickly say, while we’re hurting tonight, stick with us. We can’t hide our appreciation to those who came and backed the lads today. We’re upset for you that travelled that we couldn’t bring anything home from the game but we will go again.”