Neil McDonald On The Crewe Defeat

Last updated : 20 January 2007 By Thetashkentterror

Neil McDonald
United boss Neil McDonald spoke to BBC Radio Cumbria's Derek Lacey on Saturday evening as he gave his opinion on the 2-0 home loss to the Railwaymen. McDonald talking about the need for the team to start taking their chances :

" We've lost the game 2-0, we've got into good positions, had a few chances ourselves but have never really put them away and then it was poor defending for the first goal. We just seemed to kick ourselves on the second goal, not giving ourselves a chance to try and score that last minute goal, we always seem to give one away right at the end. There were a few positives for me, I thought Joe Garner started off really, really well and I was pleased with his contribution. Overall though we're not firing on all cylinders, we know that and it's a harsh lesson I think because I don't think we deserved to be beaten 2-0.

" He (Joe Garner) is confident lad, he's a buzzing lad and for him to come yesterday and just do a little bit of training, we tried to get him up on Thursday but we couldn't, shows that he did well. We knew Danny Graham was out injured and it was important that he came in and got to know the lads and I think he had some interlink play with the rest of the players and I was very, very pleased with his performance. Paul Murray playing 75 minutes was good, he'll get stronger and fitter as the games go along but it's nice to have him back.

" The decision for the free-kick, we gave a sloppy free-kick away to be fair, and they scored from the resultant cross, then we've given them the second one so that's more disappointing for me rather than anything else. We are trying to bring in players, we've brought Joe (Garner) and Liam (Atkin) in and hopefully we can try and bring another couple in before the end of the deadline. If not then the window opens again with emergency loans on February 7th and we'll keep on working behind the scenes to try and strengthen.

" They have had one shot from 35 yards which has hit the crossbar and I think that's all they have had in the first half. Then with their first chance in the second half they stick it in the back of the net, it's always difficult, we're against the wind, they've got something to hang onto. It's vitally important that we try and score first, especially at home as well as away, we didn't do that and we've been severely punished on the second one.

" Paul Murray's goal-bound shot was in all the way until it came off him (Karl Hawley) and Joe (Garner) has been put through and had a shot in the first half as well. When you are kicking with the wind you have to try and put those chances away. That's sometimes the rub of the green, we're certainly not getting that. We just have to keep working hard, what I've just said to the lads downstairs is that I don't think they deserved that and it's a harsh lesson. We've had a few of those this season and we'll probably get another couple before the end of it. They are still in good spirits though, they are very disappointed with the result but we've just to go kick on now and make sure we are well prepared for the next game which is Brentford away.

" When you lose it puts pressure on. The crowd was very good, I've got no criticism whatsoever of the crowd, they get as frustrated as we do and they've got every right because they pay money to get in. We've only let them down because we have been beaten, some of the performances were encouraging, we've knocked the ball about half-decent – probably better than we have done in the few games beforehand but we've lost 2-0. We have experienced players at the football club anyway and it's just finding the right balance. I've brought Joe (Garner) in and I think everybody has been impressed with what they have seen, he's a young lad so we're just trying to find the balance, that's all it is. "