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Peters: “We Didn’t Turn Up”

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters was scathing about his players commitment to the cause following Saturday’s FA Cup with Budweiser defeat at the hands of Maine Road ” Given what happened just over twelve weeks ago in the League Challenge Cup Final this was always going to be a tough draw for us, made even tougher when the Bacup Players failed to turn up. I vowed since the introduction of cash prize money for this competition I would not hold it against the players should we lose, well that ritual was thrown well and truly out of the window after witnessing probably the worst Bacup team performance ever since the introduction of money for this competition.” Peters added ” I can accept defeat if we have competed, this was sadly not the case, we started flat not helped with four players arriving more than thirty minutes late after the official meeting time which was a disgrace in itself, then from the kick off we had a chance to put pressure on the ball high up the pitch which would have set the tone, we stood off, we started sloppy at the back made of our own doing by over playing in the wrong area, we were 3v2 in our favour in the centre of the park but we were out battled and over run, this through the commitment and determination of the Maine Road lads and a lack of positional discipline and organisation from us. We had no penetration at all down the channels, defending their two goals came as a result of the ball being delivered too easy from wide positions and a free header on both, as a team we failed to compete.” Peters concluded” With Lee Oldham and Kingsley Williams missing through injury, two players that are fully committed lads, we missed them immensely having been replaced with personnel that on the day were way off the pace which spread through out, it was a disappointing result, it was a terribly disappointing team performance against a brighter, sharper, determined Maine Road team. It was always going to be difficult if we did not have our first eleven available which we did not have, however there is no excuse what so ever for players first of all not matching their counter parts in work and commitment, the old saying of win your battle first, then go onto win the game, sadly this bunch were dreaming of something else certainly not the magic of the FA Cup”