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Manager’s Reaction: A well managed performance against a good side

Following Bacup Borough’s 2-1 victory over Litherland REMYCA I sat down with Brent Peters to get his take on the game.

Brent Peters: “Going into this game once again injuries had a say in team selection, especially at the top end of the pitch with the loss of two important finishers in Matthew Barlow and Yves Zama, both struggling with injury. So to come away with all three points against a good committed Litherland side is pleasing to say the least.

This game could easily have gone either way, Litherland certainly asked some questions and got into some good positions but thankfully their shots were well off the target. This said, equally we also got into some good positions, it was from this we opened the scoring with Matty Bryan looping the ball over their keeper.

“I was not happy with our set-up for their equaliser, everyone should have been marked up, but we had a player marking space. I have yet to see space hurt us, on this occasion space did not hurt us but the lad who was not marked did hurt us. I will not accept such an easy preventable goal.

“From this the game could have gone either way. Litherland had a right go at us, I changed things around at the break, bringing on Thomas Black to whom got us our winner. Yes, there was a slight element of luck by the fact the ball cannoned back off the defender following Thomas’s shot but due to the fact he did follow up the rebound bounced back into the net.
“Our visitors were desperate to get something out of this game and did work hard all over the pitch to nullify our threat, when they did get the ball they put our defence under some torrid pressure but I was proud of the way, in the main, we were compact. We made it difficult for them to break us down, In order to see us over the line we had to win ugly, we did win ugly and that was really pleasing as every player in the last ten minutes stood tall, worked hard, made it really difficult for them to break us down.  Believe me, this was a well managed performance against a good Litherland side that kept going until the final whistle , we had no time for  respite, the fact all players saw us over the line was because they were prepared to do a job for the team, it was a job well done”