Football
Spa display was ‘unacceptable’

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 11 October 2012 Updated: 18/10 17:10

DROITWICH Spa’s first half performance in Saturday’s 6-0 Midland Combination Division One defeat at Hampton has been labelled as unacceptable by manager Tom Goss.

The defeat, Spa’s seventh reverse in eight league starts, leaves them 16th in the table with only Chelmsley Town and Northfield Town beneath them and Goss is insistent that things have to change.

“What we produced in the first 45 minutes was unacceptable on every level,” he said.

“We are constantly fighting lapses from the players which proves they think it is fine to switch off for spells and let teams get on top of you and it cannot carry on.

“The mental approach and the way they look at the game has to be viewed differently and we have to be honest about what we are trying to do as a club.”

Spa trailed 2-0 at the break and fell 3-0 behind in the second half before three goals in the final five minutes gave the scoreline a harsh look.

“We were better in the second half but I’m almost not bothered because we had already done so much damage in the first 45 minutes,” Goss said.

“Only a few weeks ago we produced a brilliant display against Stretton Eagles and it is quite alarming how quickly the performance levels have dropped since then.

“It took a superb last minute strike to beat us that day but the players should always be trying to replicate that display, that was our blueprint.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s home clash with West Midlands Police, Goss stressed it is important that the club draw a line under what happened at Hampton and move on.

“Enough is enough. We have to draw a line under it and get back to basics on the football field,” he said.

“There are so many things I could list that we didn’t do right at Hampton but we have to focus on now and start playing some smart and clever football.

“Anybody can ask for a reaction and be pleased when players start throwing themselves into challenges, but I want the reaction to be us being more intelligent when on the pitch.

“There are some very good players at this club but to get back where we were a few years ago is going to take a lot of hard work and desire. It is time for people to decide whether they are going to come along for the ride or not.”

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