Date: 14th October 2014 at 8:33pm
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Manager Chris Hargreaves has said the side have no excuses in the game against Alfreton because we knew what to expect from them and just didn’t deal with it well enough.

It was a somewhat makeshift back four with Courtney Richards coming in as an unexpected centre half as he deputised for the suspended Angus MacDonald and there’s little hiding that Aaron Downes had a poor day when he’s usually far more consistent, but for the manager he certainly wasn’t going to use that as an excuse or apportion blame to the back four because he knows the team could’ve done a lot better in terms of the overall defending when we needed to.

It was also probably written that former striker Karl Hawley would prove to be the difference in the game with him grabbing himself a brace.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the manager admitted he was pretty pleased with our attacking intent, but he knows we just didn’t do enough defensively as a team.

‘Going forward, we looked very dangerous but on the turnaround against a very direct team, we looked weak. At 2-2, I thought we would go on and win it but we looked vulnerable at the back and conceded four sloppy goals. We knew Alfreton were going to be direct, and they were.’

Hargreaves goes on to say there can be no excuses for that because it’s down to players who come in to perform and make life more difficult for him in the next match in terms of making themselves a selection headache, but unfortunately in a defensive sense it wasn’t just those players coming in who didn’t do enough and that’s where most of his frustration appeared to lie.