Date: 9th March 2015 at 4:16pm
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Manager Chris Hargreaves apparently locked the players in the dressing room for a severe discussion following the one nil loss to bottom placed Telford at the weekend.

Having conceded what turned out to be the winner after only ten minutes of the game being played, Hargreaves was not pleased with the reaction of the players or their resilience in the game and although their keeper pulled off three fine saves, the manager knew we just hadn’t done enough to get back into the match.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game when he finally let the players go home a clearly unhappy gaffer explained.

‘It could have been three or four hours in the dressing room. On another day we could have score three goals but, once they scored, I wanted the reaction to be better. Adversity happens in football but you have to carry on with your game-plan.’

Giving the team some credit he goes on to say that a lot of them don’t carry the experience and that didn’t help, and unfortunately they felt and wilted under the pressure but even still he would still expect more from them given the standards he demands.

‘We`ve had a chat about what we think is acceptable, with and without the ball. The beauty of football is we have a game on Tuesday where we can get a reaction. There is no divine right to beat anyone in this league and perhaps the Wrexham game last week was still in some people`s minds. It wasn`t in mine but once that goal went in, it affected people more than it should.’

With youngster Levi Ives being the player to make the mistakes that led to their goal, Hargreaves quick to back him though in quotes carried by the Western Morning News.

‘We`ve got a young side anyway, and I`m putting a lot of pressure on a 17-year-old at left-back, week-in and week-out. Levi has just got his feet wrong for the goal, but he`s a young, brave lad, and he`s doing great, especially for his age.’

The disappointing thing for the gaffer is he knows it could’ve been worse had Telford buried their penalty, but we had Martin Rice to thank for that particular blush.

It wasn’t all plain sailing though, getting his point across in the dressing room Hargreaves took his frustration out on the tactics board and following a trip to A&E it was confirmed he hadn’t broken a bone in his hand.

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