MANAGER REACTION: St Helens vs Bacup

Manager Brent Peters Comments following his sides goal spree, when he had this to say


“  The fact we scored six and to be honest it could have been more really did not surprise me, too many times we have been guilty of over playing in and around the opposition  box which has resulted in excellent opportunities eluding us, almost every game now my Coach Dave Felgate sends them out with the words “ shoot “ ringing in their ears, they are told if the opportunity presents itself get your shots off, do not over play, so in this game has the saying goes “ they bought the raffle ticket ( shooting) and won the prize ( GOALS) the boys listened and by listening they got their rewards, so hopefully now they will shoot more often, Peters then said “ whilst it is creditable and rewarding to score six goals but it was far from being a gold star performance, we scored our goals all at the right time which probably cemented over other issues, for instance at three nil St Helens pull a goal back, not by there good play but from our sloppy play, when receiving a pass you move towards the ball, this did not happen, the receiving player waited for the ball which was then dispossessed, bad play!!  From this defensively we were not together, there was that much space their lad that finished was in space with no defender within a defending position to challenge, that was poor!! Another point was for the first quarter of the game we constantly kept going back to our keeper, this invites pressure, it also given the conditions makes for mistakes at the wrong end of the pitch, Peters added “ Josh Walne proved both mine and Dave Felgate’s point to just put a ball in behind their rear guard into space when attacking is by no means a wasted ball, this is one reason we select boys with pace, athleticism is massive in today’s game, we got our third goal from this situation when Josh did just that and Alessandro finished, Jordan Wilmore deserves credit when at nil nil he makes a good off the ball run forward, by making such run he got himself in a position to score and he also did not disappoint, Peters added “ I loved the lead up to Anthony Hall’s penalty, the lad got onto the ball from a deep position and made a really positive run, I love players that will quickly turn defence into attack very quickly, it was Ant’s positivity that got us the penalty,  Our fourth goal just shows another reason of what can happen when you get your shots , Michael Gervin shoots, keeper pushes the ball out and young Kyle Brooks was on the front foot to finish, Peters added “ if we over play in that situation, I guarantee we do not score, by delaying opponents have more of an opportunity to  get men back behind the ball, Peters went on “ Matty Dell scoring very early onto the re start of the half will just about knocked any remote belief St Helens had of getting back into the game, out of them, credit to both Matthew and Josh has both second half goals had some similarities the biggest being they were well struck shots.

Peters finished by saying “  when we played with belief, when we played with positivity, when we played with a tempo,  we looked what we are,” a very good side”, when we slowed the game down, when we would constantly take the easy way out of continually going home to our keeper when the opportunity was clearly on to open up in order to switch play, we looked vulnerable to the point we was inviting the opposition, once Jordan Wilmore opened the scoring, quickly followed by the Penalty quickly followed by Kyle Brooks finish, all goals coming at vital times ensuring anything negative in our play was not in any way going to hurt us,  My final words of credit goes to both sets of players, Management, Officials and spectators for braving the horrendous over head conditions, on the day they all were the real winners “