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Players need ruthless edge says City boss
MANAGER Carl Heeley insists his players need to become more ruthless after seeing them lose 2-1 at home to Brackley Town.
Two goals from visiting striker Steve Diggin, either side of a Ryan Austin own goal, handed City their second defeat of the season at St George’s Lane.
The hosts squandered chances to add to their tally but, in Heeley’s eyes, were also guilty of defensive sloppiness.
He said: “There’s a hell of a long way to go and we’re well positioned in the league and there are many positives but young lads in our side need to learn quickly.
“They need to learn to be ruthless in both penalty areas and I’m sure that will come because they’re an honest bunch.
“We had 19 shots compared to their six and that should be good enough but that said stats don’t win any games, you’ve got to score and, more importantly, defend properly for the full 90 minutes.
“That’s the disappointing thing because if you’re not going to win the game, you don’t lose it and at 1-1 we were back in it.
“From that moment on we had a good spell and the least we should have got from there was a point. I thought our performance was probably strong enough to go on and win the game.
“But our defending for their second goal was inexcusable. From a throw-in, their player had three touches in the penalty area before any of our players realised the game was going.
“It’s frustrating but there are lots of positives in our game but the little flaws, switching off and not being alive when the ball’s dead is costing us a little bit.
“Brackley probably had a bit more experience than us and it showed in how resolute they were and they defended properly.”
Heeley added: “If I’m being critical when we got the ball out wide, which we did on numerous occasions, the quality into the box wasn’t good enough.
“Their first goal came from a great ball into the box and they put several more across the face of our goal and although they didn’t get anybody on the end of them, it created panic.
“If we’d been able to do that a bit more in the last third we’d have certainly scored more goals.”