BRYAN HUGHES: Defensive errors cost us

Boro joint-boss Bryan Hughes
Boro joint-boss Bryan Hughes

Tuesday night’s 4-2 defeat at Clitheroe was frustrating to say the least.

Their system and approach to the game made for a really open game, and it was mistakes at the back that cost us in the end.

Taking the postives out of it, we got back on the goal trail and we started brightly.

But to lose again was very disappointing for everyone, and surprisingly, it was defensive errors that cost us.

We’ve based our side around defensive stability and have kept five clean sheets in nine games.

There wasn’t much in the game and I’d say we were on top for the first 25-30 minutes, so to end up on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline hurts.

We gave them a lifeline when we were on top and then Nathan Peat’s slip-up allowed their striker a run on goal to score for them.

At that point we were well on top, so it came as a bit of a hammer blow.

As a side, we seem to be affected badly when teams score against us.

Bringing Isaac Assenso and Ben Hirst in on loan from Scunthorpe United and York City will help us out.

Not only do they add some athleticism and energy to the side, but they’ll also help out the players we already have here.

Myself and Paul Foot are always on the look out for new players that will help the squad, and hopefully we can add more to the squad by the weekend.

Football is a fickle sport, myself and Paul know that, and everyone at the club expects to receive criticism when we’re on a poor run.

There is a long, long way to go this season though and I know everyone is hungry to turn things around.

The desire is most certainly there, but we can’t just keep saying that the players have the right mentality, they have to go out there on the pitch, roll up their sleeves and show that to the fans.

The players need to bring it to the table.

There are no excuses from us, but we lost Paul Robson and Joe Fox to hamstring injuries on Tuesday, and they will be incredibly difficult to replace as they’re key players for us.

Losing Leigh Franks and Steve Mallory doesn’t help, but we’ll certainly be aiming to get the right result come Saturday.