Nantwich Town boss Phil Parkinson wasn’t making any excuses after seeing his side come up short against title favourites Blyth Spartans on Saturday.
The Dabbers were indebted to loan keeper Dan Gyollai for making a number of important saves in the first half and Blyth showed their strength and quality. They did take the lead in fortuitous circumstances early in the 2nd half, but it was no less than they deserved.
They extended their lead with a second free kick and the scoreline could have been worse but for a missed penalty from Spartans midfield Stephen Turnbull.
Parky was his usually honest self, stating: “We were well beaten today. I don’t like saying those words, but sometimes you’ve got to take it on the chin and dust yourselves down. We’ll look at what they did well and hopefully move on from that. I know my players will bounce back, I say it every time we get beat.
It’s particularly tough to take because I can never remember looking at a game and thinking we were beaten by the better team. There’s sometimes where we play well and don’t always get the results we deserve, but today I thought Blyth thoroughly deserved to win.
I thought first half we could have nicked a goal, but maybe that disguised how good Blyth were. Dan Gyollai made fantastic saves, thats why we brought him to the club. He kept us in the game and then we’ve nearly popped up with a goal. We knew it was going to be a tough afternoon, we knew we weren’t going to have our own way.
We thought we could pinch a goal on the counter attack. It’s a long way to come, we were looking at the conditions, we didn’t want to get caught playing. We changed our tactics slightly and it did work in the first half. But then in the 2nd half, Blyth didn’t take their foot off the gas and stepped through the gears and we couldn’t live with them. That’s very difficult to take and it’s something I’m really going to look at and find out why that is.
To go behind to a deflected free kick is massively disappointing. That’s a kick in the teeth for the players, but it wasn’t against the run of play. They thoroughly the goal and you get your rewards if you keep persevering. As disappointing as it is to concede a deflected free kick, the 2nd free kick is absolute quality, it’s gone in the top corner.
They’ve missed a penalty as well, so I’m not going to try and sugar coat and say we were unlucky today because we weren’t.”