Nathan Rooney Post-Match Comments | Prescot Cables

Following the reds’ defeat to Prescot Cables in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round on Saturday afternoon, the Gaffer assesses the defeat and how the team can progress forward this season.

“After creating two good opportunities early on through Reece [Webb-Foster] and Alex [Samizadeh], I thought we were going to be on top for large periods of the game”, said Rooney.

“But as the game settled in, Prescot won the majority of all second balls and displayed an edge which unsettled our play. We conceded two really poor goals from our behalf, which can’t happen at this level as teams will play for these moments and hang on percentages throughout the game. I will now look back and reflect on these integral moments and decide which individuals can deal with these pressured moments.

“When you go into a game facing teams like Prescot, you can’t give away silly fouls and dead ball situations. We have dealt with these situations really well up to now against some good sides, but sometimes it comes down to responsibility and concentration. We will now focus on the basics and we’ll look to strengthen up the spine of the team on the training field, but we’ve got to have that bounce-back-ability which is what I expect from everyone working with the team. It’s a new-build and everyone needs to be clear on what work will be required to achieve our goals’’

With a number of players sidelined through injury, the gaffer assesses the current situation.

“During Saturday’s game, we also lost Harry [Cannon-Noren] due to an injury which will be assessed by a specialist this week. That’s now four or five players that are currently unavailable, which means the squad is very depleted at the moment. It’s really frustrating from my behalf, because we’ve put an awful lot of good work into pre-season, but this is just a sticky patch which we have to overcome. All the players who are currently sidelined have been amazing around the club and this is the culture we are currently creating.

“The lads are fit, lean and we’ve had players lose weight due to the demands that are being asked of them. The standards have gone through the roof from a training and preparation point of view and its key we translate all the messages and detail into every game. But first and foremost we need to be nastier and have more nause about us in every game, so we earn the right to play our way’’

The gaffer also paid his gratitude to the supporters at Holt House, who once again turned up in number to support the team.

“A big thank you to the fans again, obviously your support is incredible, the new recruits love your support and how you cheer their names from the stands. You will be integral to our next steps and we are grateful for the positivity you all display’’

‘’We look forward to seeing you all soon, as we continue to prepare for our League campaign to start’’

The reds will make the trip to Dunston on September 26th in the 2020/21 opener.

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