Kevin Blackwell reflects on last weekend’s defeat and looks forward to tonight’s visit to Meadow Lane
“The over-riding emotion from the weekend was disappointment and frustration. Goals change games, and I thought we conceded a poor goal inside three minutes. I’ve never come across a situation or a club that seems able to concede like we do inside a few minutes, it’s just ridiculous and it’s gone on all season.
That then changes the nature of the game, players become a little fractious, they start to force balls, passes that are not on and they are honestly trying to get us back in the game, but sometimes you just have to bide your time, pick the right pass out and be patient.
They just have to calm down, and then the fact is that games are no longer 90 minutes, they are always 94 or 95 minutes, if we conceded inside three minutes, we still have at least 90 minutes to get back into it.
We got caught by going for the equaliser and got punished for it, but to be fair to the lads we’ve had one kicked off the line, we’ve hit the bar and we had other chances that we really should have done better with.
That’s the difference between teams at the top and teams at the bottom. It’s the quality in depth that the teams have at the top. We have to keep working hard and doing what we think is right.
The problem is that when you are where you are, we have to keep winning and winning and winning just to get us out of the mire. We gave everyone a 14 game start – that’s been a nightmare situation, so if you lose a couple of games and don’t pick up of wins, you find yourself back in there. That’s why I said on the very day that I arrived at this football club, that we will be in this right to the very end, because I know we will have a dip, a day where it just doesn’t go for you, a day where somebody makes an error but these are so massive to us now and that’s what it has been like all season.
Both goals last weekend were avoidable. They could have been prevented three or four times before the ball hit the back of the net. That was the disappointing bit, and the frustrating part was not taking the opportunities when they came.
I’ve not really had to pick the lads up, we’ve been in this all season, we’ve been in the bottom four all season. We have to use this as a positive, what we have to try and do is get somebody that hasn’t been in the bottom four and let them handle the pressure that these lads have been dealing with. You look at the table constantly, and we are in trouble. It’s been like this all season, but the lads have dug themselves out of a hole – we are not out of it yet, but we are close to getting out of it. Four months ago, we were nowhere near getting out of it, we were dead and buried.
We can’t throw away all the hard work that we have done, but it makes it difficult when we haven’t got the strongest squad, we know that. It’s very lean and it means that every player has to contribute but at this moment in time I am not sure we have the depth that we need on the bench to be able to hurt teams. The first part was trying to get the eleven competitive, and then get the bench competitive to be able to affect the game.
Historically Meadow Lane is a ground that Bury FC have done well on, but that doesn’t mean anything going into this evenings game. Unfortunately we travel on the back of two defeats, up until those two games, we have shown signs of playing well, and we could have taken something from those two defeats, but it’s a tough game. They have no manager at the moment and I know that Chris Kiwomya will be looking to stake a claim. Maybe he has to start tinkering with the team and putting his own marker on it.
We know it will be tough. Keith Curle lost his job because the board expected them to be higher up the league after all the investment that they have had. I’ve seen them play on a number of occasions this season and they are a formidable outfit, they really are a useful team and we know it’s going to be tough.
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