Words: Devon Cash
Kyle Jordan deemed the Tigers’ performance “unacceptable” as his side were beaten 3-1 by Sheffield FC at the Home of Football Stadium.
The Worksop Town boss was visibly upset and frustrated with his side’s performance, which saw the Tigers concede three goals in nine minutes despite equalising a minute after the opener.
“I think you will be looking for a long time for a positive out of that one,” said Jordan. “If I was pushed to give you something, I thought the substitutions made a fairly decent impact when they came on. I thought we were much better second-half, but it still wasn’t good enough.
“The nightmare spell just before the break has really cost us the game – it was really, really poor defending.
“I know we are asking a lot of the players with regards to their wages, and I know I am constantly talking about it as an excuse, but once you step onto the pitch it shouldn’t be one. You have to question whether they care enough, whether being beaten like that hurts enough. These guys [Sheffield FC] have been to our place a few weeks ago and beaten us 4-0 and I thought we should have had a little bit of grit between our teeth to put it right.
“We started really poorly; the last two games could have been five or six to the other side if it wasn’t for Dave Reay. It is unacceptable, I am not sure what needs to happen.
“We were second best for the whole of the first half – I was pleasantly surprised that we managed to equalise straight away.
“I felt like their goal was coming for a long time before it actually did and I felt like we didn’t really lay a glove on them, so I was relieved and surprised when we got straight back into the game, but then the naivety at the back has killed us again. We have gone into half-time where at 3-1 down, we have ridden our luck, but we have conceded due to basic errors – I am very disappointed.
“I think we definitely lacked a little bit of leadership. We have a very young and naïve side when we don’t have Vank [Steven Wankiewicz] and Pembo [Max Pemberton] in the side.
“We didn’t work hard enough in the first half today, and I think that when your quality deserts you, when you’re having a bad time on the ball, just work harder on the ball and win your tackles and your headers – I don’t think we have done this all game.
“We did begin to get a little on top towards the last ten but that is because they were a little braver on the ball and braver going forward.”
Worksop next face Chasetown away where they will look to put an end to this bad spell of four games without a win.
The Tigers won the reverse of that fixture 3-1 at Sandy Lane, however Chasetown are unbeaten in their last three whilst picking up important wins against Belper Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels.