“We didn’t come out for the second half and there’s no reason why” complained a distraught Paul Davis after seeing Hitchin grab their added time equaliser.
“Obviously when you’re 2-0 down you got nothing to lose so Hitchin piled forward and we just buckled. The players have got to take responsibility on the pitch and they’ve got to deal with situations better.
I said to the players at half time that the worst case scenario is for the game to finish 2-0 so just manage it , take the sting out of it and do what a proper football team should do but we didn’t do that.
So we’re back to 2-2 then Leam Howards comes on and after his bad miss on Saturday shows what he’s capable of .and digs us out of trouble. I’m pleased for him as he works hard and is a goal scorer.
Then at the end Courtney should probably clear the ball first time and instead commits the foul.
But we’re quite religious on set pieces . Dale (Belford) does them, Jim (Scott) did them before Dale was here and I did them under Tommy Wright and last season under Thomas Baillie. so every player knows their job.
So what’s frustrating tonight is that the wall for the free kick should be made up of a certain four players but only Kyle Rowley of those four is in the wall so others have had to take their place.
The other three players are missing even though they know where they should be and there’s zero excuse for them.
When the players put themselves into a position at 2-0 and again at 3-2 where they can win the game they have to do as we’ve asked them to see it out , but because they didn’t do that we have ended up with one point instead of three.
It’s not the first time it’s’ happened but it’s been highlighted here because Hitchin scored and we’ve lost points because of it..
So the players haven’t taken responsibility at crucial times. They’ve put themselves in a position to win this game twice and they’ve cost themselves three points twice.”