SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Compliments mean little to Webb after Merthyr defeat
POST-MATCH compliments did little to improve the mood of Swindon Supermarine boss Dave Webb after his side succumbed 3-1 to Merthyr on Saturday.
Goals from Kerry Morgan, Ian Traylor and Zak Misbah rendered loanee Kayden Jackson’s effort meaningless and resulted in Marine being knocked off the top of Southern League Division One South & West following their first defeat of the season.
And despite receiving good reviews from the Welsh camp following the clash at the Causeway - the ground of Cinderford - Webb could not shake off his feeling of disappointment.
He said: “It really bugs me when you speak to people afterwards and they say you are the best side they have played, even if that is a compliment to the players and the way we play.
“It grinds at me because I’d rather win 1-0 and for them to say that we’re the worst side they have played.
“People can keep saying what a good footballing side we are, but if we keep conceding three goals a game then we aren’t going to win football matches.
“That’s what we’re going to work on this week in training.”
The Welsh side hit the front after 14 minutes when Morgan beat the offside trap and lifted a swerving chip over Kent Kauppinen.
With the half-hour mark just gone, Marine gave the ball away in the final third and Traylor was able to capitalise.
Jackson gave the visitors hope 16 minutes after the break when his long-range effort took a deflection off the defender and fooled keeper Craig Morris.
But within seconds Merthyr restored their two-goal lead as a long ball was not dealt with and Misbah made it 3-1.
“It’s one defeat and we’ve played six league games, so it’s not too bad,” continued Webb.
“I think we’ve played worse and won, but we were up against good opposition.
“If you make errors, good sides punish you and that’s what Merthyr did.
“They may not be spectacular but they do enough to win games.”
Jackson’s goal on Saturday was his fourth in five appearances since signing on loan from Swindon Town.
Talks have not taken place between Supermarine and Town regarding Jackson’s future, but Webb is hopeful that the striker may stay at the Webb’s Wood.
“Kayden is a great lad and he’s been getting his goals as you would expect,” said Webb.
“You can see the improvement he’s making and the confidence he’s getting from scoring a few goals. He’s got a couple of weeks left and hopefully he continues like he has.
“We haven’t really spoken to Swindon about keeping him for another month, it depends what he wants and what Swindon plan for him.
“Maybe if he isn’t closer to getting a start in the first team or development team, they will let us keep him a bit longer.”
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