Joe Skarz reflects back on a bad start to the season
“It’s the first time I’ve been leading goal scorer, but I’d prefer it if I hadn’t have scored at all to be honest and be 6th, 7th or 10th in the table, but that’s just the way it is at the minute. Everyone is just disappointed and we all know that we can do better. Now we have a big game next weekend to hopefully put it right.
We knew what was coming with their set pieces. They seemed to be coming in faster than you could think. They were quality deliveries, we knew on Friday and we talked about their set pieces. We knew they had good set pieces. We talked about the number of players that could get on the end of them; they are all threats from set pieces. We knew what to expect from them and they did pass it around well. They are a good side, but we know we have to be better than that.
We looked quite well for the first 20 minutes, we looked like we would score, we threatened, but to their credit – they changed their formation and they do know what they are doing. They changed it every ten or fifteen minutes. Their manager has had success at every team he has been at so it obviously works.
We switched off for their set pieces. Mark Hughes has owned up to the first one, but even then, it’s just gone over his head and it’s a good header. Maybe if we put two men on the post then maybe both goals would have been prevented, but you can always say something like that using hindsight. We haven’t conceded from corners for a while, but two came along on Saturday.
We did have chances, we scored from a set piece and they did make a few last ditch tackles. It just doesn’t seem to be going for us. We have to carry on working hard and hopefully it will turn.
I’d never question anyone’s commitment. If we played well every week, we’d be in the Premiership. We are in league one because sometimes we play well, sometimes we play badly. Shirty has questioned some of the senior players but I think we all know that we can play better than that. If you ask the senior players, they will all say they can play better than that. I can play better than that.
They did a good job on us; they are a good organised team. We thought we would do better than that and hurt them in areas. For the first 20 minutes we did, then they changed formation and they stifled the game. They slowed the pace down, they took time with throw in's and they didn’t give us time to get a momentum going.
I’m not going to lose faith in our strikers, I see them every day in training, and they are good players. They have to be thrown in; at a club like Bury we haven’t got the resources like Preston. They went out and bought Stuart Beavon for £150k, we can’t do that. Scunthorpe are bottom of the league and they go out and buy Stuart Clarke on loan on Friday, we can’t do that. That’s just the way this club is and the resource’s that we have got.
After Coventry everyone thought Lenny would go on and score loads of goals. Football is fickle, it changes week after week. One minute he’s scored and he’s the hero, the next he’s missed a few chances and he’s the villain. He’s not the villain; he’s doing the best he can. I see him in training every day and he scores goals for fun. Last Friday they did shooting and every time he took a touch and side footed it into the back of the net. On Saturday, for some reason, he didn’t side foot it. The game situation changes it. In any sport, a game is totally different to training. We do need to start scoring though, one off a backside from Mark Cullen – just to get him going. He’s prolific for Hull reserves, and that’s a good standard.”
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