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We have just got to do better

9 September 2012

Steven Schumacher on the 1-2 Preston North End defeat

“Shirty has said he feels let down, I’d agree with him.  Apart from the first 30 minutes and until they got their first goal, I thought we were the better side.  We looked like we would get the first goal but as soon as they changed their shape and scored the first goal, we were never in it.

We should be avoiding set pieces.  We’ve spoken about their set pieces all week.  We knew they would be using them, that’s their threat.  We said that we have to stay in the game, keep it at 0-0 and not go give any silly goals away then hopefully we would create enough chances to get in front.  Unfortunately we didn’t do that.  Mistakes from two of the lads, and they have lost their men and its game over.

At the moment we are hopeless in front of goal, we’ve scored one goal from open play and that’s not good enough.  We are getting into good positions and we just don’t seem to have enough quality, ability, composure or whatever you want to call it.  We are hopeless in front of goal and if you can’t stick the ball in the net then you are always susceptible to concede one.

Since Ryan Lowe left last season, we haven’t really had anyone that you know would get us a goal.  That unfortunate, Mark Cullen and Lenny are both good players and I believe that both of them will score goals, but at the moment, it’s just not happening for them.  It’s something that we have to deal with.

It’s never easy with two strikers out on loan and another injured.  Everyone will look at it and say why we don’t have Shaun Harrad here.  At the end of the day, that was the manager’s decision at the time.  They wouldn’t have gone out on loan if they had been scoring goals here.  We are all looking for excuses and for reasons why we are not putting the ball in the back of the net, but at the end of the day, we have just got to do better.  That’s all of us, not just the strikers.

I’d agree with Peter Shirtliff, you can’t say everyone or anyone played well, at least a 6 out of ten, and to play a side like Preston, who are always in your face, you need more.  Andrai Jones did well when he came on, Joe Skarz did well and obviously got his goal.  Apart from that, there are not many positives.

We need to be a tougher nut to crack.  We knew it was going to be a hard start to the season.  We have to go into games knowing that teams are not going to beat us.  We have to go out there and dominate these bigger sides.  We need to be harder to play against.

I’ve said it all along that I hope that Shirty and Futch do get the job because I respect them both, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter who is in charge.  The lads do not feel unsettled because we haven’t got a full time manager, that’s a load of rubbish.  As soon as we step over that white line, it’s about the eleven players on the pitch.  It’s down to us.

We are not getting mullered every week, but if you don’t stick the ball in their net, eventually they are going to stick it in your net.  We have to stick together, it’s not the time to lose our heads, we can’t get too down about it and we have to start picking up points.

Now its Sheffield United away, and we’ve proved before that we can get results against some of these big sides, but we know that it’s not going to be easy.”

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