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Watson reflects on Altrincham loss

24th November 2019

Tom Peers scored again at a very wet Bootham Crescent as Altrincham won 1-0 against York to knock the Minstermen out of the FA Trophy.

Altrincham took the lead in the first half. Peers was on hand to hit home a rebounded effort. Jordan Hulme was unmarked at the back post, his header was well kept out by Jameson but the rebound went straight into the path of Peers who couldn’t miss. The goal was the only real clear-cut chance of the first half, a half that was scrappy from both teams.

City were superior in the second half and had chances to get level but failed to convert.

The away side also could have had more than one, but Peter Jameson pulled off some great saves to keep the lead at just one goal.

York pushed in the last 15 minutes and had chances through Dan Maguire and Kieran Green but neither could find the back of the net, meaning York went out of the FA Trophy.

Steve Watson said after the game: “We tried something different today, we tried playing with three strikers and tried to press them higher.

“There wasn’t a lot in the first half, but nothing has dropped to us in the last 4 games. Just like last week, we had them on the back foot at the end.

“The reason we haven’t won today is we haven’t scored goals, we’ve scored one in our last four. We just haven’t got that quality at the moment. We aren’t being clever enough with the ball or looking after the ball well enough. At the start of the season we were ruthless. A lot of it is down to confidence. It was another frustrating afternoon. We have had a frustrating last 10 days.

“There has to be so much better movement so much better link up. We will get back to the drawing board on Monday and try and put everything right. There is certainly questions that need answering but there’s now one thing to focus on.

“When we score a couple of goals we very rarely lose. To get promoted or to win a title we need very good home form but at the moment we aren’t showing enough confidence at home. I’ve got no doubt we are good enough. We need to find the right variety of players for our next game against Alfreton.

“This is a big club for these players to play for. We need to find the confidence between ourselves moving forward.

“I consider everything, I’ve seen loads of different scenarios about regaining confidence but I don’t think it’s that confidence. It’s mine and Micky’s job to get that confidence back.

“There was a lot of plus points today, I thought Josh King was excellent, he looked mobile, confident and strong. We set up in the summer and put a good squad together. Steve (McNulty) has not trained this week, he’s been a little bit under the weather.

“I’m gutted, I’d have loved to have taken a team to Wembley, but it’s gone now. We’ve got to focus on trying to put a run together to get out of this league.”




Article by Jack Witham

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