Bryan Hughes: Sending off killed our home hopes

The views of Bryan Hughes
The views of Bryan Hughes

Saturday’s game against Burscough just showed how much circumstances can change football matches.

After two clean-sheets and two wins we were feeling very positive going into the game, but the dismissal of Paul Robson after just 36 seconds set us back unbelievably.
I don’t believe people will have realised how big a shift the lads put in having played with 10 men for that period of time.
I also don’t think the scoreline reflected how hard the lads worked for each other and the team.
The sending off was just something that we couldn’t prepare for, but the frustrating thing is the fact that it was three errors that cost us.
We thought we had eradicated that from our game, especially after confident performances against Ossett Albion and Richmond and the two clean-sheets.
We are getting punished for our mistakes at the moment and people are getting frustrated by this, the fans especially, who are travelling a long way to get to these games.
The Burscough game wasn’t one that we have a right to win though because they have lost just once in 17 games, they have been in a rich vein of form.
Burscough had that arrogance about them that they thought that they could come and do a job on us.
Confidence is a massive thing, we looked to have it in that run of five games, which included the win at Trafford.
During that stage we had unity with the supporters, which was a massive help to the lads. Sadly that doesn’t seem to be there at the moment.
In any line of work, if you are lacking that bit of confidence, then you are not going to perform to the best of your ability.
We need to start with cleansheets, like we did against Ossett and Richmond, because they give you that foothold in the game.
Once we get that platform then we can build once again and start to turn things around.