Lions Hunt For Improved Game Management

Russ O’Neill spoke of The Lions looking to improve their game management ahead of Saturday’s clash with Alfreton Town at Nethermoor, 3pm kick-off.

In the past two games a 3-1 and 3-0 advantage have been blown by his side and the Joint Manager wants the squad to “man up” and see the game out against his former side on Saturday.

Paul Clayton bagged a last minute winner on Tuesday night after being 3-0 up at half-time and a crazy second half saw the game end 4-3.

Alfreton come into the clash fresh from beating league leaders Chorley 2-1 at North Street which was their first league victory since Kidderminster away at the end of January.

Billy Heath’s side sit in 15th place just four points ahead of ourselves having played one game more.

Ashton United’s defeat on Tuesday night means there is still a six point gap to the relegation zone.

Following Tuesday night’s last gasp win Russ O’Neill said “It was a very similar game to FC United, I don’t think we have learned our lessons, we have not managed the game well enough in both fixtures.”

“Fair play to Barnoldswick, they have got back in and equalised and done really well, obviously we have nicked it at the end but we do need to start managing games a bit better.”

“I was fuming, it is unbelievable, you look at it and think my god what has happened here, ultimately we cannot be 3 and 4-0 up every week. We have to man up and come under pressure at 0-0 and 1-0 and manage the game better.”

When asked about Scott Smith’s injury the Joint Manager replied “He has got to the edge of their box and tried to get a shot off, he has twisted and turned two or three times and he has twisted his knee and gone off to hospital. Andy Halls has got a whack to his foot, so again we have picked another two injuries up. We will see how we are over the next couple of days and get ready for Saturday.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game against his former side O’Neill said “I think every game at this level is tough, we have played Stockport and Telford who both seem to be winning every week and we have got two draws.”

Marcus Bignot also gave us his thoughts ahead of the fixture “We are in the business end of the season, soon we will be down to single figures and everyone will be doing the maths.”

“We know we are good enough to extend that six point buffer, there is no better place than to start at home to Alfreton and put three points on the board.”

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