Mark and Chris call for patience

Caretaker manager Mark Bower has called for patience from the Guiseley faithful, after his reign in charge got off to a 3-0 defeat against Boston United.

While Bower is aware of the work that needs to be done, highlighting deficiencies in defence and attack, he has stated his desire to play a more attractive style of football.

“I want the players to pass it, with the players we have I don’t think we’re going to achieve anything by lumping it simply because of the characters and the personnel we have in the side,” he said after the defeat at York Street.

“We’re going to keep encouraging them to pass the ball because that’s the way we’ve had success over the past few years. We’re going to try and get back to that as best we can.”

Speaking about the game, Bower made no excuses for his side’s defeat and believes the losses to Solihull Moors, Brackley Town and Boston United highlight the task he faces.

“It’s a lesson for everyone really,” he continued.

“Three times we’ve played teams who are going to be up their challenging – Solihull, Brackley and Boston – and we’ve been convincingly beaten so we need to be better in both final thirds of the pitch.

“I think we need a bit more in the squad and certainly at the top end of the pitch. Somebody who can grab the game by the scruff of the neck and be a bit horrible to play against (because) we’re not really like that at the minute.”

First team coach Chris Holland repeated the calls for patience, and insists neither the staff nor the players are hitting the panic button just yet.

“We haven’t had much time with the lads and we’re trying to change a few things,” he said.

“We’ve had one training session since Wednesday but between myself, Mark and Martin (Stringfellow) we know what we need to do.

“The mood is still positive in the dressing room and they’re trying to take things on board. We’re trying to get the lads to pass the ball better, we obviously need to work on set pieces after today and we’ll get the lads to look after the ball better and be that bit more clinical.”

The former Boston midfielder also backed his squad to bounce back over the next week – starting with Bradford Park Avenue at Nethermoor on Tuesday.

“We’ve got a good squad, we know what we’re capable of and once we get a win under our belt we’ll be fine,” he continued.

“Mark knows the game, I get on well with him and I’m sure he’ll do a great job here. It’s early days yet and I’m sure if we get time we’ll work on things and get playing the way myself and Mark want to play.

“We’ve got a big game on Tuesday so hopefully we can pick up three points and give ourselves a boost then go into training and work on what we need to work on.

“We know the lads we have got in there, we know what they’re capable of and what we need to do to win games.”

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