STEVE KITTRICK: Having the confidence to get the ball down

Steve Kittrick
Steve Kittrick

I was talking to Ossett Albion’s management team on Saturday and they were saying that on paper we are a good side.

The game frustratingly told a different story because in patches we were very poor in a horrible game on a sticky pitch.

Boro v Ossett Albion

Boro v Ossett Albion

In the end it was just one lack of concentration that cost us.

By that point Shane Killock had gone off the park with injury, if he’d have been in our defence they wouldn’t have scored that winning goal.

Since the game we have spoken about a lot of things, from winning, to organisation and ultimately scoring goals.

I’ve got to get a better reaction out of these lads because we can’t afford to get dragged into a situation that we are currently getting dragged into.

There is pressure on us to win games at the moment, but we have to ease that pressure on the lads. They have to realise that they have to take some responsibility though.

The lads look relaxed in training and you see them fizzing the ball about, which is great to watch.

We’ve said it before, but it is a case of transferring that onto the pitch on Saturdays.

We have to start passing the ball better, rather than going from back to front because that clearly isn’t working.

If we get the ball into feet then that will give the strikers, who are clearly low on confidence, the platform to build on.

If we pass the ball we have the quality to cause teams problems and create opportunities, we have to give the lads that confidence to do it.

We have to get that mindset right and we have to turn the corner. That is something that needs to happen now.

It will take a horrible 1-0 win or a scrappy 2-1, but as soon as that happens we can build and start pushing ourselves up that table.