Following the Defeat At Darwen I spoke To The Bacup Manager Brent Peters Who Had This To Say


“ Given the form we have been in, the fact that we have been clinical with in our finishing having scored seventeen goals in six matches during the month of December which has brought us four wins it was disappointing to end not only the month but the year on a loss, Peters added “ Like I have said to the players on many occasions we will not win every game, we will suffer defeats along the way but it is the manner in which we get beat is what both myself and Dave Felgate will be looking at, The Darwen game we got off to the worst possible start by conceding a penalty with less than five minutes on the clock, this from a situation that we was in control of the ball, the fact we put the ball in the air instead of on the ground was a bad decision and one that ultimately cost us, Peters added “ the same could be said when we conceded our second goal from our free kick at almost at the edge of the Darwen Penalty area, there was several issues that need addressing from this situation, Peters added “ we struck their defensive wall, they cleared, the ball ends up towards our left side of the pitch from which our sitting midfielder on this free kick was competing for the ball but did come out second best, now this is where I have to have a massive inquest, at this point two of our three midfield players were still high up the pitch and making little or no effort to get back when smelling the danger, in addition our covering defender operating in the opposite channel, he also had not got back in, given the fact the ball went through two phases down our left before getting switched to our right into the space vacated by us where there striker ran into before receiving the ball and scoring from that area of the pitch, then without doubt I have to question the lack of desire from those players in question in not getting back in order to nullify any danger, Peters added “ we go on all of the time about roles and responsibilities, both in and out of possession, so when players fail to undertake their roles and responsibilities, it is little wonder their position in the team comes under scrutiny.

Peters continued “  Credit to Darwen they worked really hard pressing us all over the pitch, competing for every ball, they never gave us a chance to get into our rhythm, in fact it was nineteen minutes in before we got any creditable move going, by this time we was already two goals down,  Peters went on “ this said and despite us not playing with our usual tempo and possession we still had created enough opportunities to have come in at the break 3-2 to the good, when both Bobby Carter and Anthony Hall put their efforts wide of the target I got that feeling that this was going to be one of those games, that is exactly how it ended up being,  Peters said “ Going in at the break two goals down, having not played our usual penetrating football, missing chances, given their full backs were getting too much joy in their possession for my liking, it was inevitable there would be a change of shape at the break, Peters added “ I had to relinquish a defender to introduce a striker, I understand the frustration of the departing player at the break but it was apparent this change was needed, from this we had basically a second half of dominance , but again we failed where it mattered in front of goal, some situations I must credit their keeper, but other situations we should have been more composed and with this wrapping the game up.

Peters finished by saying “ despite this set back the lads have been different class over these past few weeks, as we keep saying we have a good bunch of young talented footballers proven by an intense December having played six games winning four, loosing two, scoring seventeen goals conceding eight, Peters added” Happy New Year To One And All The Future Is Bright “