Manager’s Musings: Blues unlucky in Rushall cup defeat

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I THOUGHT we were really unlucky at Rushall on Tuesday night.

We did everything we could and I was really proud of the players. The performance was back to the standards we want to see after we just weren’t at the races at Buxton at the weekend.

We created chances, we hit the bar, we had shots cleared off the line and we had the chance to win it with a penalty in the 89th minute.

James [Ashmore] was distraught at missing it. It was the ‘winning’ kick for us but we couldn’t take it. It was a good save for the penalty that he missed against Mickleover but his penalty on Tuesday was a poor one and he knew that.

It kept Rushall in the game and it gave them a lift going into extra-time even though they’d been reduce to ten men.

It probably summed up how things have been going for us over the last few months. We’ve set the standard now though in terms of performance, as disappointing as the defeat was for us.

At Buxton we were simply awful. It was probably the worst performance of the season from us but I just couldn’t put my finger on why we were so bad.

The performance was flat, we weren’t at the races from start to finish and we deserved everything what we got there - we were poor.

Now we go to Marine at the weekend looking for a repeat of the performance at Rushall rather than the one at Buxton last time out in the league.

The players know what I expect from them now to try and help keep us in the division.

- Peter Rinkcavage.

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