‘We must do better’ says Bay boss

Nathan Haslam was understandably frustrated and very disappointed when he spoke after Saturday’s 2-1 FA Vase defeat at the hands of Barnoldswick.

Friday, 30th August 2019, 3:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 12:23 pm
Action from Saturday's game.

“It wasn’t nice, we knew exactly what Barnoldswick were going to do. We knew their set piece routines, we knew the danger men.

“We went through it extensively before the game but we’ve been unlocked by a player who we really knew what to do with, and that’s not acceptable.

“Goals change games. Yes, we haven’t created a lot. We pushed on a little bit we did a little bit more in the second half but we’re just really inconsistent. We’re not putting in enough performances.

“The lads have got to be better. We’re doing everything from the preparation point of view but when they step over the white line they’ve got to be a lot more switched on.

“On paper we are a much stronger team but they’ve had a good day today.

“Today they’ve done a good job on us, their set pieces have come off and we haven’t been good enough by a long way on the day, so fair play to them.”

When asked about the two new signings going straight into the starting eleven he explained: “We need to start creating more, I think Connor Smith showed glimpses of what he can do and Mark Robinson has worked his socks off, but it’s not about individuals.

“It’s a team game and when one or two cogs aren’t working it starts changing the shape, and there were probably only four of our lads today, and that includes the subs, where we could say ‘you’ve done your bit today’. It isn’t consistent enough from our lads unfortunately.”