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City boss: It should have been us
11:00am Monday 15th October 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City manager Carl Heeley said he felt robbed after watching Stalybridge Celtic come from behind to win 2-1.
City were the better side for most of the match but conceded a second-half penalty, which saw Lee Ayres sent off, and a late header from Kristian Platt.
Heeley admitted his team had chances to win the game and was frustrated that they were unable to secure the points.
He said: “I think that was our best performance of the season and how we have lost that game is absolutely beyond me.
“I feel sorry for the boys because Stalybridge didn’t deserve to win that.”
But the City boss added: “As much as you pass it well, you’ve got to stick the ball in the net and they did that once more than us.
“It’s frustrating and you feel robbed, but on the balance of play and chances created it's about putting the ball in the net.
“You’ve got to be ruthless in both penalty areas. We had two one-on-ones and didn’t take them and we had an opportunity in our own box to clear (for their second goal).
“They’re fine margins but ultimately that’s what cost us. We’ve had two little lapses and got punished for them both and I think they were scarcely deserved.
“We have to be mindful that we passed the ball ever so well but we also created a bagful of chances and we didn’t take them. I think, had we done that, we would have scored four or five and the game would have been dead.
“But it wasn't to be and it's a cruel game at times because we deserved to win and we got nothing which is slightly frustrating.”