Words: Luke Atherton
Worksop Town manager Kyle Jordan shared his thoughts after losing to table-toppers Leek Town 3-0 in Staffordshire.
Jordan said: “I think only one team has come here and got anything, and you can see why because they’re brilliant.
“They move the ball brilliantly, the two centre-forwards are lively, the two wingers are lively. You can see why they’re up there, the league table doesn’t lie.
“They’ve got some very experienced players and are all very fit. They press and they never gave us a second on the ball.
“The frustrating thing for me is that all three goals were defensive errors. The first one, Jinky [James Gregory] should head it, I think he thought he was going to get nailed and he doesn’t.
“For the second goal Niall [Smith] dived in when he didn’t need to. Then Dave [Reay] gets beaten at his first post.
“We’re a little bit ill-disciplined, from conceding the goal in the first ten minutes, and we were chasing the game after that.
“It’s been frustrating. They’ve been the better side and are the better side. That’s no disrespect to our players, but they do have better players than we have.
“We gave the ball away a lot today, we weren’t great on the ball. I think over the past couple of weeks, we have been better on the ball.
“They’re hard to peg back. There are better sides than us that are struggling against these. I don’t want to be too negative and it’s like I’ve just said in there [the dressing room], I don’t want today’s result to affect games against sides where we should be picking points up.
“I can’t knock the boys’ effort today, it’s just the quality on the ball sometimes. We need to get better at our decision-making; a huge part of our game is when and when not to commit.
Jordan then explained why Steven Wankiewicz and Lynton Karkach couldn’t make the trip to Leek: “Vank is struggling with his knee, he managed to play through it on Tuesday night. Linny is poorly.
“It’s no secret that we are struggling financially. We’re very light on bodies and the last thing I need is for someone give half the team a bug.
“Linny will hopefully train on Tuesday, and Vank, I’m not so sure at this moment in time. We have Gazza [Andy Gascoigne] who is going back for a scan next week, so hopefully he will be running again within the month.
Jordan then turned his attention to the impressive away support: “The fans were brilliant today — they’ve not shut up all game. They love it, they live and breathe Worksop, like myself.
“They appreciate what the boys are trying to do. I’m sure it was frustrating for them; it’s very frustrating for me. They were absolutely outstanding.
“I’ve never seen a club that’s capable of bringing supporters up and down the country. They’re an absolute credit to the club, they have been for a long time and I’m sure they will continue to be.
“They were still singing right at the final whistle. The players have gone and shown that they appreciate it, as do I.”