20th Oct, 2019

Oakes: Fairfield Villa lacked desire and application in crushing Knowle defeat

Craig Gibbons 22nd Nov, 2018

FAIRFIELD Villa have been urged to show more application and desire ahead of their Worcestershire Junior Cup clash against Redditch Borough.

The Recreation Ground side head into Saturday’s clash on the back of a 7-1 drubbing away at Knowle in Midlands Two, with vice-chairman Paul Oakes labelling the performance as the worst he had seen in a long time.

And having won the county cup last season, Oakes is hoping the players quickly get back on the winning trail as they seek to defend their cup crown.

“Historically we have never done well against Redditch as they beat us 4-0 this season and did the double over us last season,” said Oakes.

“We won the county cup last season and it would be nice to defend it.

“I know Redditch got beaten 6-2 at the weekend so it’s going to be a case of which team has the better application and desire.

“The defeat to Knowle was very disappointing and we will be wanting to see a response.”

Having initially taken the lead at Knowle through Connor Collins, Fairfield completely folded and were haunted by their former striker Daniel Pitt who helped himself to a hat-trick.

Steven Ruck also bagged four goals in the rout.

“It was one of the worst performances I have seen in a long time,” said Oakes.

“Collectively from one to 11 we were very poor.

“We can have no excuses from the game as there was no reason as to why we should not have pushed on after going ahead.”

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