Manager on defeat at the Proact
Rovers’ boss John Ward watched his side slip to defeat at Chesterfield today and offered no excuses for a lethargic second half display that saw the home side score twice, through Jay O’Shea and Armand Gnanduillet.
“There are no excuses; we looked a bit dull and lethargic out there today, whereas in recent weeks we have been very good and hopefully we can bounce back on Tuesday.”
Defeat, he said, was frustrating; “It is, but I am dealing with people, a lot of them young people, and performances like that will happen sometimes.
“It happens at the top level as well, but the big thing for me will be the next game, on Tuesday, as to how the young players, in particular, react. I’m sure that the more experienced members of my squad, who have been in situations like this before, and will know how to come back from this.
“I’ll be interested to see how the young lads respond because they have done fantastically well to respond for me, the football club, and themselves, since I have been here.”
The outcome of the game might have been different had goalkeeper Tommy Lee not made a superb early save from Eliot Richards.
“We weren’t awful for the whole game today and that first half opportunity could have made a difference had we scored, but Eliot was denied by an outstanding save. It took Chesterfield quite a while to register their first effort on target and I thought if we could have raised our game a little in the opening half hour we might have got something from the game.
“However once they got their goal they looked a very good side. Their tails were up and their confidence was restored and we found it very difficult to compete with them in the second half.
“I have no complaints about the result and with the way things have gone. The better team, on the day, won but I do feel that we missed an opportunity.”