Manager Adam Lakeland's verdict and latest update following the recent two League games Vs Market Drayton (H) 0-1 loss - and Newcastle Town (A) 2-1 loss; are published below .

 

Vics' 0-1 Market Drayton - Saturday 10th September 2016.

 

Goalscorer - Market Drayton - Andre James 67'.

 

It's obviously bitterly disappointing to have lost the game this afternoon which I think is cruel on the players. The very least we deserved was a point so to lose the game is tough to take but that's the kind of luck we're having at the moment and when you're at the wrong end of the table things don't quite seem to go your way. I felt the first half was quite cagey with both teams perhaps a little short on confidence and with a lot of players playing within themselves which happens when you're not getting the results you want. At the break I asked the players to up the tempo, be less rigid and ask more questions of the opposition and I thought we were the more prominent side throughout the half, on the front foot and looking to win the game. The keeper made an unbelievable save from a deflected shot which he somehow kept out with his feet, Dan Cockerline hit a shot just wide and when Alec Mudimu's shot hit the post, came back and hit the keeper and didn't go in you start to feel that it's not going to be your day. Mason )Springthorpe) made a good save from a free-kick but the first time we were threatened in open play was their goal when their lad reacted quicker than Dahrius (Waldron) to smash home. They had a 1v1 in the dying stages when we we're throwing everything at it to try and get a point we deserved but we failed to score for the first time in seven outings this season and lost the game. I felt defensively we were much stronger today but unfortunately we didn't have that killer instinct in the final third otherwise we would have won the game.

 

Newcastle Town 2-1 Vics' - Saturday 17th September 2016.

 

Goalscorers' - Newcastle Town - Jacob Lovatt 34', Jordan Cole 77'.   Vics' - Matty Clarke 84'.

 

I come away from todays game again scratching my head at how we have lost the match. I felt we dominated from start to finish and looked like the only team with any intention and ambition of winning the game. We controlled the opening 35 minutes and created some good opportunities which we should have taken at least one of and then they play a hopeful ball in behind and lob it over Mason from 30 yards into an empty goal, a sucker punch for my lads.  

Second half we again come out and dominate the ball, get into some good areas and start to build pressure. John Pritchard delivers a great ball from one of our many corners which Yaw Gyimah heads towards goal, beating the keeper but being headed off the line and the rebound effort is hit straight at the keeper. Within 10 seconds of this where we should be level, we find ourselves 2-0 down from one long kick by the keeper which we fail to deal with. I think they had two shots in the first 70 minutes and found themselves 2-0 up which is unbelievable and very tough to take. 
Matty Clarke came off the bench and scored a great goal to reduce the defecit and the lads pressed until the end to get something out of the game with Matty Regan heading against the crossbar off a corner and Jon Beaumont making a great block when Tyler Edwards cut a pass back to Dan Cockerline to strike from 10 yards. Of course as we were pressing for an equaliser they had a couple of break-aways which was the risk we had to take but until this point they were a non-entity in the game and we made the team currently sat top of the table look very average.
Our performances on the whole have been good, but this is a game where I as manager am judged on results and so far they haven’t been good enough. I am satisfied with the effort of the players, their attitude is fantastic and the general level of performances over our opening seven league games has been reasonable and we deserve more points than what we have but ultimately we know this has to improve and I have full confidence that if we continue to work hard, do the things we are doing and find that ruthlessness in the final third the results will change and we will start to climb the table. Of course this needs to happen sooner rather than later and we look forward to getting back onto the field on Tuesday night when we travel to Chasetown for another difficult game.
Finally our support at the game on Saturday was excellent. There were a number of our fans at Newcastle who were encouraging the team from start to finish. I think they can see we are playing some good football and aren’t getting the rub of the green at the moment and I can assure them that the players and staff are working harder than ever to turn this difficult run of results around.