DISAPPOINTED BUT NOT DESPONDENT
Kitching looks back at Saturday and ahead to the next game...
FOLLOWING our first defeat of the season on Saturday, at the hands of North Ferriby United, Pics boss, Neil Kitching told the club`s official website that he was disappointed but not despondent.
“Yes, I have to say first of all that it wasn`t a very good performance at all and we were all very, very disappointed with what went on. It was a poor result and performance but it was our first defeat of the season.
“Having won our opening four games of the season I think that the expectancy levels have gone through the roof and while we all want to win every game that we play we also have to be realistic and realize that it just won`t happen. At some point every team loses games but it is the way that you bounce back that counts.
“We have had one poor result and performance and lie third in what is a very, very tough division and if we can bounce back with a win at Ilkeston, then we will be on top of the table, until at least Tuesday night. So, yes we were disappointed but in no way despondent.”
We then suggested to Neil that it was maybe a good time to play a game so soon after Saturday.
“I would agree with that, as it will give us a great opportunity to get Saturday out of our systems. Having a game come around so quickly is a blessing and we are looking forward to it. Having played, and beaten Ilkeston, in our opening home game of the season, we do realize that it will be another difficult 90 minutes for us, but if we play as well as we did in the game at Dales Lane then we will obviously fancy our chances”
There were also a couple of changes to the team on Saturday and Neil explained why.
“On the Friday we lost the services of midfielder, Steve Abbott who accepted the offer of a 12-month contract at Welsh Premier League Airbus UK Broughton. We couldn't compete with the financial offer that was made to Steve and I was also reluctant to offer Steve a contract because of his record of injuries and his age. In saying that, we wish him all the best for the future. Lucan Spittle was missing from the team because of illness. Lucan picked up a virus, which he had for the Matlock game, but he played through that, but he wasn`t very well at all towards the end of the week. I am hoping, though, that he will be available for Monday`s trip to Ilkeston. Grant Beckett and Ramone Stephens came in to the team and overall I thought that Ramone did well considering it was his first game of the season. The 90 minutes he got on Saturday will do him the world of good on Monday. We have also signed central defender, Gavin Caines, although at the moment we are working extremely hard on Gavin`s fitness. He missed a large part of last season and all pre-season, and we are having to do a mini pre-season with him. He is very much part of our plans, he has an excellent pedigree, has Football League and Conference experience and we are hoping that it won`t be too long before he is back in action."
There is no doubt that last Saturday was a disappointing day at the office but Neil and the team are looking forward.
“I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with some of the things that I heard after the game. We have raised the expectancy levels at this club but sometimes you also have to be realistic. We are now looking forward to the game on Monday and hoping to put Saturday well and truly behind us."
* Neil Kitching was talking to Terry Brumpton...