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MAGPIES: Defending let Dorchester down
6:10am Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
DORCHESTER Town chief Phil Simkin was convinced his side would have got something out of Saturday’s defeat to Basingstoke had their defending been up to scratch.
Two goals in as many minutes just before half-time effectively ended the game as a contest with the visitors going on to claim a 4-0 victory and help send the Magpies back to the foot of the Skrill South.
Simkin was happy with the effort his players put in but wasn’t so enamoured by his team’s defensive frailties.
“We could have scored a couple of times and over the 90 minutes I thought we competed well,” he said. “But we made individual errors and no amount of planning can cater for that.
“If you don’t defend properly in this league and you let teams get in front it’s very hard to peg them back.
“If we’d defended properly we would have got something out of the game, no two ways about it, but we shot ourselves in the foot and that’s disappointing.
“We defended very poorly in the first half and never got hold of their strikers. I thought we did well going forward and don’t forget we hit the post when it was 1-0.
“But at 3-0 the game was over and it was a case of damage limitation after that.”
He went on to add: “We competed well in the second half and they all worked hard. I can’t ask for anymore effort-wise, they’ve run themselves to a standstill.
“But when you’re dealing with young lads that aren’t quite good enough yet you’re never quite sure from week to week what sort of performance you’re going to get.
“Some who performed really well at Maidenhead didn’t perform against Basingstoke.
“It’s about consistency. You’ll get a great performance one week and the next it will look like they’ve never played before.
“You don’t know that’s coming and it’s very difficult to plan for but I was pleased with the way they recovered at half-time and we had a go in the second half.
“We’re back on the bottom but we’ll keep going.”
Next up for the Magpies is a Dorset Senior Cup tie against Hamworthy Recreation at the Avenue tomorrow night (7.45pm).
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