‘They wanted it more than us’ 

Worksop gaffer Ryan Hindley reflects on a 3-0 defeat to the hands of Pontefract Collieries in the third round of the FA Vase.

After a solid first twenty minutes, Worksop struggled to get a foot hold on the game. Hindley spoke about the individual battles that was lost today resulting in a poor result for the tigers. Two pivotal moments in the first half came due to Jason Alexander and Lee Hill coming off, which before their injuries were both playing solidly. However, the hosts were the better team on the day, something which Hindley highlights as one of the key factors in today’s defeat.

Hindley said: ‘We got out-manned, they were the better side. Sometimes managers blame the referee’s decisions and everything else. We’ve got to do better for the first goal, fair play to the lad it was a great finish from the corner for their first goal. Alexander had to come who is colossal from throw-ins and corners, the way that they play would’ve suited Jason more. Hilly was brilliant with what he was doing in the first half, to then lose him through concussion was a massive blow for us. In the first half we was okay but in the second half we haven’t laid a glove on them, we’ve never created anything and we lost to a better side. They won more headers and more tackles, they wanted it more than us. Which hurt’s me because when I put eleven men over that line, I expect them to work harder and do more. Although this is a difficult place to come Pontefract are a very well organised and well drilled side.’

We play at home against our biggest rivals in the league next Saturday, Hindley has mentioned the hard work his players need to put in next week , therefore the squad will be training three times next week to get prepared for another tough fixture.

Hindley also sang the praises of another fantastic turn out from the Tigers, giving out his apologises to the fans for the side’s lack of effort and recent results, something the Worksop manager is looking to sort out for next Saturday. These next few games for Worksop will test Hindley and his men and the man in charge believes a draw or better could give the lads a injection of confidence for the Bridlington game.

Hindley continued: ‘I demand that next week we work harder and care more so that we give these wonderful supporters who follow us more. The support that we have should inspire us to give them something to sing about. I’m just as disappointed as they are tonight and I will look myself in the mirror and see how I can change for next Saturday because they’re will be changes. We will be coming in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday training to put in the best performance we can on Saturday. This is something I’ll be looking to improve on, if we get a point against Handsworth next week we move onto Bridlington. The fans today have been unbelievable as always, I’m ashamed of today’s performance. I picked a team today due to injuries to Jack Barnett, Higgo and Alec Denton which were a massive blow to us. However, the side I’ve picked today was big and solid and should’ve offered more. Stick with me I’m doing what I can, there will be changes I can assure the fans of that. All I can say is keep the faith and be patient that things will turn around.’

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