Words: Luke Atherton
Worksop Town manager Kyle Jordan shared his frustration after losing 1-0 to ten-man Sutton Coldfield at Sandy Lane.
Jordan said: “Today’s game reminded me of the away game on Boxing Day to Lincoln United, in terms of us having the ball and doing nothing with it.
“I thought the game was pretty even. They got their goal and obviously the red card changes the game in a way that we get all the possession, certainly in the last half an hour, and I feel that we should be scoring.
“We didn’t take advantage of the extra man, we didn’t create a great deal. The ball has been in their box a hell of a lot, we had several shots from distance and didn’t really create a lot.
“We’ve got to be a little bit more brave in terms of possession of the ball. Some people think that being brave is flying into tackles, but you need players to get on the ball and create things for us.
“They defended very well, especially when they went down to ten men.
“I think the referee got one right and one wrong in terms of the red card decisions.
“I thought their tackle was a sending-off, however, I also think that the Sam Jones tackle was a sending-off and he only booked him.
“They were rightly aggrieved with the decision. I thought we were lucky to get away with it.
“It turned the game for us because we could attack. It becomes an attack versus defence kind of scenario. We should do better than we did.
“I thought the first two or three minutes of the game we started brilliantly. We had probably one or two really good chances in the first 90 seconds of the game.
“They’re the sorts of ones that go against us, like Wednesday night [against Newcastle Town] where we then conceded in the first couple of minutes.
“I thought today, they got on top of us for half an hour against the wind. I thought they might get in a bit more, but they were a little bit silly with the offsides.”
The biggest positive from the game was the inclusion in the starting 11 of midfielder Aaron Sennett-Nielsen. The big midfielder didn’t look out of place, causing problems with his attacking style throughout the afternoon.
“I thought he played really well today,”, said Jordan. “He’s been doing really well for the Under-21s, and he has also been playing for Ollerton Town to get some senior minutes.
“I started him today because I thought we would need the extra man in midfield after Wednesday night. I thought some of the lads in the midfield looked really tired. They’ve played a lot of games recently and they’re young lads, so I thought an extra man would help us out today.
“I thought he looked good on the ball. He actually tried to get a few shots away, so there are going to be chances in the future for the young lads.
“The boys are making everybody proud, they’re putting the effort in. We can’t ask any more from them, and obviously that is what we are going to need between now and the end of the season.”