Writer: Site Staff
Date:Thursday July 17 2014
Following on from the loss to Ventura County Fusion, manager Ally McCoist has admitted that our defending on the night more than let the side down and gave us way too much to do against an inform and far fitter side.
Speaking to the Official Site after the game had ended, McCoist explained.
'Defensively, particularly in the second half, we were really poor and that concerned me. It made me unhappy more than anything. We did have chances in the second half and some very good ones which, on another day, we could and should have scored. That's always going to happen. Sometimes you're going to take your chances and sometimes you're not. But what disappointed me most was the level of defending.'
With the pitch more suited and still made out for American football, McCoist refused to use that as an excuse because the simple things we were getting wrong in the game had nothing to do with a hard pitch or a pitch with non football markings on it.
'Unless I wasn't watching it correctly, it was the same surface for both teams. Was it ideal? No, but they had to play on it as well. They did better than we did and that's the one thing we have to be honest about.'
The gaffer added that we'd more than had enough training sessions whilst we out there to have been better than that, but the performance, especially second half for him, was just not good enough and ultimately that is the bottom line on things.
'I expected better from that team, even with the training they have done. We've worked on a few things and we've trained the lad hard enough. At the same time, we've left enough in their legs to play the game. There was a slackness about us which I haven't seen in a long time. The boys were wasting time on the ball when usually they'd be passing it about to each other. We will have to eliminate that slackness.'
Date:Thursday July 17 2014
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