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Watt Slams Second Half Display
Manager Steve Watt could not hide his disappointment after a late sting in the tail denied Margate three points when they welcomed Enfield Town to Hartsdown Park on Saturday afternoon.
Reflecting back on the late minute equaliser, Watt admitted:
“It’s something we have done far too often this season. The second half was the performance of a team that was frightened and scared to get on the ball.”
“We said to the players about starting the game brightly and we came out of the blocks well and got a goal and looked likely to get more. But the second half was unacceptable. As a former centre half, I can’t understand how one of the smallest players on the park has been able to chest the ball over the line.”
With late points being dropped against the likes of Met Police, Harrow Borough, Leiston and Harlow, Watt wants his players to utilise their experience to see games out.
“We need leaders in these situations and we didn’t have the leader we needed to inject a bit of life and take the game by the scruff of the neck.”
“If we had upped it another 10% or 15%, we felt it could have been a good afternoon. We wanted to commit bodies forward to grab a second but for some reason we went out and put on that second half display, which is not good enough.”
With a draw feeling like a loss, the Margate squad need to bounce back quickly to sustain the play off place they worked so hard to obtain.
“We are still in the play offs and it’s still in our hands but we’re making life very difficult for ourselves.”
“The players are disappointed and there’s not a person in that dressing room who is not frustrated by what’s happened.”
“We have a very good squad; a very good team and we have shown that this season. If we don’t make the play-offs, I don’t think we’ve got anyone to blame but ourselves.”
With four of the seven remaining Bostik League games being hosted at Hartsdown Park, Watt hopes home advantage will prove useful. But with Worthing making the trip to the coast next Saturday, he expects a tough game.
“All we can do it focus on Worthing and getting three points. Worthing will love the 3G here, they’ll move the ball well and it won’t be an easy game.”
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Monday, 26 March 2018
By Charlotte Richardson