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Peters Proud

Bacup & Rossendale Borough manager Brent Peters gave his thoughts on Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Congleton Town.

“The game had everything, it was a rollercoaster but overall it was really pleasing from the way that we left Blackpool in midweek the way we showed fight, determination and togetherness and carried that on against a good Congleton side.”

“We went into the game positive and aggressive but aggressive in the correct way with our closing down and to be honest I felt that we had far more chances than they had in the first half as they were the team on the defensive and we were in the ascendency.”

“However, we do seem to make some wrong decisions and these get punished but that’s just the nature of the league we are in. People have got to remember that apart from Matty Bryan and Adrian Bellamy everyone else who played on Saturday are new to the club and some are new to this level of football. It was still really encouraging the way we went about our jobs but what does happen when lads step up and do their best is that the wrong decisions are often punished.”

“I couldn’t see them scoring, for their goal we had just been attacking and what disappointed me was that we didn’t manage the situation when in possession and we have to start doing so. We didn’t get organised when we had the ball, our midfield all went forward then when we lost possession, Usman did well to press when the ball was switched but then the hole in midfield was attacked and punished and the lad finished well.”

“To go a goal down of course I was disappointed and yes we should have scored our penalty right on half-time or at least hit the target but penalties are lotteries. We didn’t deserve to go in a goal down and we were worthy of being in front but we know you’ve got to take your chances and punish teams. I was still positive going into the break I just had to address the space in midfield.”

“Yves Zama can only get better and the amount of work rate he put in up front was tireless. He worked his socks off and he got what he deserved with a terrifically well taken goal. It was good to get back in it so soon after half-time and it set the tone for the rest of the match.”

“I was really disappointed with my next issue, do not give the full-back time, you have to press him so he can’t pick his head up and pick a pass but the one time he is allowed to he puts one ball over the top of our defence so Bellamy is running back towards his own goal with the striker having the advantage. I have no doubts that it was foul, whether it was last man though I’m not so sure as Usman was coming across so I thought the red card was a bit rash but no complaints about the foul.”

“The bigger picture is we never pressed and we have just come out for the second half when I have brought it up in my half-time team talk as the lad has quality in his delivery when he has time so that disappointed me. Also we now lose our captain and a key player for 3 games so that took the gloss off it.”

“What we showed with 10 men for over 40 minutes, yes we had to re-organise and sort the back line out by moving Nathan Bond back there and moving several other positions around to give us more mobility the lads were absolutely superb and we had something to hang on for and we believed. The lads made me proud the way they dug in and always found that bit more. To be honest you could sense that we still always looked dangerous even with ten men which was really pleasing. ”

“It was ironic that Chris Middleton scored the equalising goal as I felt he should have been sent off. He left a deep gash down Sam Crook’s leg in the first half which could have been a lot worse and this could have been red alone. He also put in a heavy tackle on Rami Rahman in the second half which would have been at least a second yellow. I’m not trying to get people sent off but the lad’s leg is there for all to see. However this second foul led to Omar McKenzie’s tremendous free-kick going into stoppage time.”

The rollercoaster continued as the match took its final twist….

“Into injury time and Bond just had to see the ball out of play and he being one of our most experienced players he is gutted but he made a decision and tried to get us on the attack but the lad took it off him, it was an unnecessary situation and he had no option but to then foul the player.”  

“We then have to set up a wall with two players in it, so they whip it in, there’s a man spare and the person that scores it shouldn’t have been on the pitch in my opinion.”

“10 minutes earlier however playing with 10 men and drawing 1-1 we would have taken it. Whilst disappointed as we were winning in injury time and seconds away from the win but we’ve got to be happy. A couple of week ago I was unsure whether some of the lads had a big enough heart for this level but the bigger picture showed me that they certainly do. I saw it against Blackpool and I saw it massively against a decent Congleton side.”

“Take that togetherness, attitude and winning mentality into every game and limit the wrong decision making which is what is killing us and we will be fine and pushing on.”