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TERRAS: Matthews to get tough after Stourbridge rout
JASON Matthews has vowed to get tough with the Terras following Saturday’s debacle against Stourbridge.
The Weymouth player-manager felt his men rolled over in the clash and has made it clear that such behaviour will not be tolerated.
The Glassboys ran out 5-0 winners at the Bob Lucas Stadium, just two goals shy of the tally they racked up in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Commenting on the rout, Matthews told Echosport: “I am bitterly disappointed.
“I wanted us to attack them and I thought we did that but we did not keep the ball well enough and whenever they came forward, they did it with purpose and always looked like hurting us.
“I was not happy with our defending for the first goal and that gave them a leg up early on.
“We then didn’t clear our lines properly for the second, which came about after a lucky ricochet, and from there, it was always going to be an uphill task.
“We then came out in the second half and looked bright for five or 10 minutes but another soft goal gave them their third and after that we never really threatened.
“I honestly thought the days of us rolling over had gone but obviously they haven’t and I clearly need to address that.
“I have only just inherited this team and it was happening before, and I need to stop it.
“Stourbridge looked hungry for it and to give them a leg up like we did just gave them even more of a lift, and we paid the price.
“You give a side like that a 2-0 start and that is all they need.”
Matthews was also upset by the lack of desire shown by his side.
He added: “We were second best all over the pitch and their skipper was picking up all the second balls.
“I said to the lads at half-time that I would like to see someone put in a big tackle but it never really came.
“If people are not willing to do that then it may well mean that I will have to go out and find someone who will.”
Niall Thompson and Adam Kelly both made their home debuts for the Terras but failed to make an impact, and had it not been for Matthews, the hosts may have lost by more.
Thompson looked lively in the first half but was withdrawn at the interval for Ashley Wells while Kelly was replaced by Luke Winsper on 62 minutes.
When asked to explain his reasons for taking Thompson off, Matthews said: “I did it to try and give us a bit more shape.
“Niall looked good going forward but was offering very little the other way so I brought Ash on and went back to our usual system.”
The defeat has pushed the Terras back down to 14th in the Calor Southern Premier Division, and with Bideford set to visit the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow night (7.45pm), life is not about to get any easier.
The Devon outfit won 4-0 against Burnham at the weekend and currently lie fourth.
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