18th Sep, 2019

'The better team won,' Holleran reflects on Southport loss

FOOTBALL: BRAKES boss Paul Holleran pin-pointed a 15 minute period in the second half as his side’s undoing against Southport at the weekend.

Leamington are now just two points clear of relegation following Saturday’s loss.

And with games against Alfreton, Gainsborough and Darlington up next, Holleran is entering a crucial few weeks as Brakes’ relegation fight continues.

The Brakes boss was left frustrated after watching the first goal stand, despite appeals for offside, but admitted the better team won on the day.

He said: “From where I was stood it looked like goalscorer was offside and the linesman didn’t give it, but to be fair they’ve put a good ball in and it was a good finish.

“We grew into the game after that, it was an even first half.

“I was pleased with the way we started the second half for the first 15 minutes but we didn’t work the keeper enough for some of the positions we got into.

“Our decision making from 60 to 75 minutes was a killer really.

“We panicked a bit and left ourselves a bit wide open to the counter attack which was a unlike us.

“As the weeks go by Southport are getting stronger, they looked like a team at the top end of the league today.

“They’ve got know how all over the pitch and have got some good players, but there’s a tinge of disappointment there because when we got to 60 miuntes I thought we were in a good place.

“But we didn’t keep plugging away and you have to say that the better team won.”

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