Date: 3rd April 2014 at 9:18pm
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Following on from last weekend’s defeat to Southend United, manager Chris Hargreaves has admitted he kept the players locked in the dressing room for a fair bit following the game as everybody needed an ‘honest’ chat about our form, where we are, where we are going and the consequences for everyone.

Speaking to the press (eventually) after the game, the gaffer bemoaned the lack of leaders within the team, people who will stand up and be counted, and it’s of course not the first time he has laid down such a challenge when talking about needed somebody to step up and a ‘hero’ for us.

‘I kept them in there for a long while talking about the reality of where we are and we discussed the first half to the second half. I want more leaders in my team, we were too deep and there was a big gap in the middle which we couldn’t sort out. It was a bad free kick to give away and a bad defensive header which lead to the goal but we need to stand up and be counted now.’

Unfortunately for Hargreaves we are running out of games and wriggle room to pull off the unlikely now, and he’s been calling for players to stand up and be counted pretty much since he came into the club looking to turn our fortunes around and apart from isolated games and performances, we are in the main still waiting unfortunately.

‘It would have to be one hell of an achievement now. It’s a massive task. My remit hasn’t changed, I said I would make the club sustainable by bringing through young players, and that’s what I intend to do.’

The future for Hargreaves following yet another defeat looks like it will be the latter of what he was challenged to do when accepting the job. The challenge firstly was to ‘keep them up’ or secondarily ‘take them back up’ and sitting seven points shy of getting out of the drop zone what he’d have hoped to do looks less likely to happen now.