Bradford Park Avenue manager Martin Drury says his side must move on from Saturday’s disappointing defeat at bottom of the table AFC Telford United.

Eusebio Bancessi, John Cofie and Izak Reid grabbed the goals for the Bucks as they made it three games unbeaten, but Drury thought the goals were soft.

“We’re very disappointed,” he said. “We just gifted them goals, I don’t think they had to work hard for their goals at all.

“At this level of football you just cannot give teams opportunities to score, and that happened throughout the game. I don’t mean just errors within the back four, I feel at times we were too eager to win the ball back.

“If you count up the fouls, we must have made around 20 in that game, and that’s nothing other than having a brain, closing down and defending properly all over the pitch. We made so many unforced errors.

“That said, I thought the referee was poor, he didn’t let much go, there were a lot of soft fouls given, but if you give a ref a chance to give a foul, he’s going to give it.

“Maybe it is just a little bit of a lack of fitness still with the lay-off over Christmas. We’ve always been a good pressing team, but at the minute, when we are pressing, we’re just not defending correctly and in the right manner. It’s a little bit unprofessional from the players mentally.”

Avenue captain Simon Ainge had levelled for the visitors with a thunderous volley moments after Bancessi fired in the opener, but it was his mistake that gifted Cofie with a chance to give Telford the lead in first half stoppage time.

“The second goal killed us just before half time. Obviously I can’t justify the mistake, but that doesn’t happen, Simon doesn’t do that.

“I’ve never seen him do anything like that, and I thought other than that he was tremendous throughout the game, and he scored a very good goal for us, but it absolutely kills you when you concede just before half-time.

“Then we were going for it a bit second half and you go a bit more expansive and that does leave you open, and they ended up getting a third late on.

“But we’ve got to move on, it’s as simple as that.”

Avenue enjoyed a lot of possession, especially in an entertaining first period, and Drury noticed a change in the way his side attacked.

“I think in the past, we have dominated games but not looked dangerous when we’ve got the ball in the final third, but today we did look dangerous going forward.

“I don’t think we tested the keeper enough, but we did dominate possession for decent spells, but it all counts for nothing when you give cheap goals away.

“You can’t come away from home needing to score two, three, four goals to get something out of the game, one or two should do it.

“The manner of the chances that we gave them is really really frustrating. The players are all very upset with themselves that they’ve done that, we feel like we’ve not been beaten, we’ve beaten ourselves.”

Drury made four changes to his starting 11 and revealed after the game that a few of his players are struggling. Jake Scott and Nathan Turner were both left completely out of the squad, whilst Jason St Juste was only fit enough for a substitute’s role.

“We’ve just got a few people with injuries and niggles at the moment.

“We’ve still got over 20 games to play in three-and-a-half months with all the postponements and cancellations, so we need to manage the players.

“As much as we want to win every football match, some people just physically weren’t able to start the game and that’s why we had to make a few changes.”


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