After a disappointing loss yesterday, 1874 manager Damian Crossley has a message for our supporters.
“Before I talk about the game I’d just like to thank the fans who spoke with me afterwards. They were so positive and kind and certainly more forgiving of the performance than I would have been. In terms of the game I think there are some huge lessons to be learned. We made a really poor start and that set the tone for the rest of the day. We need to learn how to build a performance and put a platform in place early on for us to get a grip on the game. There were too many occasions yesterday when we were out fought and out run and that meant we never really got into the game.
As a group we have to put yesterday out of our minds by the end of today. Watch the game back, learn from it and move on. We owe the fans a performance and we must react well. We’ve been resolute and determined in the previous two games and that has to be the very basic start point on Tuesday, in front of what will be a big crowd.”
Sharing his thoughts on a shortage of goals, Damian had this to say: “We have to have more confidence on the ball, make better decisions when releasing it and commit players forward knowing that we have cover behind us. We are relying on individual moments at the moment but we need to be able to sustain attacks and spend more time in and around the opposition area.”
Damian Crossley has spoken about his desire for the team to control matches and build on recent results as they prepare for the upcoming festive period.
Since taking over 3 weeks ago, Crossley has overseen two competitive draws, that have each shown promising signs at opposite ends of the pitch.
Searching for the first win of his tenure, the 74 boss spoke about the importance of backing up recent performances.
“It’s always important to back up decent results. If we can go to Kidsgrove and get the three points then that would be a nice return for the lads’ efforts in the last 3 games.”
“We need to get to a stage where we control more of the game and that’ll help us to create more chances. That should increase our goals output which is ultimately what we need and want to see.”
1874 are looking to avenge an opening day defeat against Kidsgrove this weekend, although this has not played a role in the preparation for the game this weekend.
“I don’t think the lads have really thought about that game, I’ve certainly not heard any talk around it. They’ve just been working hard in training to be ready for the next game and this weekend it just happens to be Kidsgrove.”