15th Aug, 2018

Brakes 'can't afford to play for just 50 minutes', says boss Paul Holleran following North Ferriby draw

FOOTBALL: A FRUSTRATED Paul Holleran warned his men they can’t continue to play for ‘only 50 minutes’ following Brakes’ 1-1 draw against North Ferriby United.

The home side scored within minutes of kick off, ending any thoughts Holleran had of his men recording a clean sheet.

Though Udoh pulled a goal back for Brakes quickly, a red card for Jack Edwards and Holleran himself being removed from pitchside didn’t help Leamington as they were forced to reflect on points dropped.

Speaking after the game, Holleran said: “We’re making things really difficult for ourselves at the moment.

“We can’t keep playing for 55 minutes with ten men.

“I think Jack’s reacted to their player stepping on his foot, but he’s reacted. You’ve got to be more streetwise at this level.

“I’m disappointed with myself because I got frustrated with it, but I refuse to talk about blaming officials. It’s just part and parcel of it now.”

North Ferriby recorded their first league point in months the week previous against Chorley, and Holleran warned his side of the threats Saturday’s opposition were likely to display – making a draw even tougher to take.

He added: “I’m bitterly disappointed because we knew what we wanted to do

“We knew North Ferriby had shown a bit more resilience, especially at home.

“And we knew if we kept a clean sheet we’d win the game.

“But within 90 seconds of what we’d been talking about we were behind, and that’s not good enough.

“The bottom line is we need to be starting games better, we need to be more ruthless in front of goal and we need to show more control and more discipline.

“That’s what we aim to do going forward.

“What I will say about the players is they played for a similar length of time on a heavy pitch last week and did the same again today – they’ve shown good character.”

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