HELLENIC LEAGUE: Lack of concentration costly for Shrivvy
DAVE Turner admitted that slips in concentration had cost his Shrivenham side after they were beaten 4-1 by Reading.
Taylor Mitchinson, Toby Nowell and Graham Lewis gave the visitors a 3-0 lead at the break, before a late thunderbolt from Richie Miles salvaged some respect.
However, Greg Beckett then added a fourth for Reading and the result means that Shrivvy remain in the Hellenic Premier relegation zone.
Boss Turner said: “Reading were the better side, we just had these little periods where we lost concentration. At a lower level you can get away with that but at this level you get punished.
“We had a 10-minute period when we fell asleep and we were two goals down before we knew what was happening.
“For the first 25 minutes we matched them but good teams find a way of working you out and breaking you down and that’s what they did.
“We were a little bit square for a couple of their goals and it was two long balls that did us.
“We were the better team for the whole of the second half. We changed the formation from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 because there was no point keeping it tight any more.
“Hindsight is a wonderful thing and you wish you had started 4-4-2 and had a go but that’s irrelevant now.
“They scored with the last kick of the game and 3-1 would have been a truer reflection.
“Going forward we’ve got to keep our concentration for 90 minutes rather than 60s and 70s.
“I can’t get excited about half the performance but if we play like we did in the second half for 90 minutes then I would be a happy manager.”
Despite Shrivvy’s perilous position at the lower end of the table, Turner remains confident that he and his troops can turn their season around.
He said: “I knew when I took over that it was going to be a league within a league, there would be the top 10 and then the other 10 fighting it out, and we need to make sure we finish as high up in that lower 10 as we can.
“Where we are now is completely irrelevant. There’s no panic, we’ve just go to learn from our mistakes and when we do that we’ll be absolutely fine.”
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