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McMahon - Early Defending Cost Us A Comeback

McMahon - Early Defending Cost Us A Comeback

Assistant manager John McMahon has said that our woeful early defending in the game against Port Vale cost us hopes of staging a meaningful comeback in the match yesterday.

Speaking to the Official Site following the three two defeat, that saw Port Vale very comfortable for a while with three goals clear, the gaffer said he feels we should've had a penalty for a foul on Liam Ridehalgh and that would've allowed us to get something from the match presumably, but again we gave ourselves everything and too much to do.

'The defending was unacceptable from our point of view, you can't give teams a start. For four minutes of the first half we were poor, after that I thought we were terrific. For two minutes of the second half we were very poor, after that I thought we were terrific. But we can't defend like that and expect to win games or come away with a point.'

McMahon again says what is costing us is that we aren't on the ball when the whistle goes and we simply have to start halves better and on a more consistent basis, because this now goes down as another game we have got nothing from despite all of the effort we put into it.

We are working very hard for very little at the moment and if we started better, were cleverer our work would get the rewards.

With that said there is the penalty shout to consider and the gaffer says he's looked at it quite a few times in the dressing room before giving his interviews and 'for the life of me' he can't understand why it wasn't given.

'It's absolutely nailed on.'

But he knows we shouldn't be in the position of blaming the referees for a mistake when we've had 90 minutes to take them out of the equasion, and any over reliance on the failure to give a penalty would seriously cover up the shoddy defending and that needs to faced head on and rectified before we run out of games to make a meaningful difference.



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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Sunday March 23 2014
Time: 8:40PM

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