Blues cap­tain bit­ter af­ter Black­heath col­lapse

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

BLUES cap­tain Mike Fin­nemore was left dis­ap­pointed af­ter his team’s loss at home to Black­heath on Satur­day,

He felt his side lost from a com­mand­ing po­si­tion at half-time, which makes it a even more bit­ter pill to swallow.

“In the first half I couldn’t fault the lads,” he in­sisted. “They stuck to the game plan, which meant we were in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion be­fore half-time.

“How­ever lack of fo­cus and in­abil­ity to be clin­i­cal when it mat­tered most lead to the game slip­ping away from us. Any loss is dis­ap­point­ing, no mat­ter what sport you are in­volved with, but it cuts deeply los­ing at home and to a team that we quite clearly were on top of for a vast ma­jor­ity of the game.”

It has been a bap­tism of fire for Fin­nemore who took over as cap­tain at the be­gin­ning of this cam­paign, but he ex­pected a tough sea­son and con­tin­ues to rel­ish the chal­lenge.

“When Giles (Hea­gerty) asked me if I wanted the job as cap­tain I had no doubts that it was go­ing to be a tough task,” he added. “You’re go­ing to get bit­ter losses at times just as you will get sweet suc­cess – it is in­evitable.

“Yes, the re­sults have been bad and at times we have not played to our full po­ten­tial but the mo­ment you let the re­sults of past games dic­tate how you in­tend to tackle your next game you might as well tie your own noose.”

De­spite the Blues’ bot­tom spot in the ta­ble and re­cent re­sults, the mood in camp re­mains buoy­ant ac­cord­ing to Fin­nemore, who ex­pects noth­ing less from his play­ers, who are still ca­pa­ble of caus­ing an up­set this sea­son.

“Af­ter the de­feat at the week­end it felt like we had been knocked off our stride, which when you’re build­ing for a win can be a de­mor­al­is­ing thing,” he con­tin­ued.

“That be­ing said, you can’t let emo­tions gov­ern how you train and how you play, you have to be pro­fes­sional about th­ese things.

“We re­alise the po­si­tion that we are in but sulk­ing about it helps no one so the mood is kept pos­i­tive. I strongly be­lieve we are not done yet and a few teams are still to be top­pled, even at this late stage in the sea­son.”

The Blues travel to Ross­lyn Park, cur­rently third in the ta­ble, at the week­end and are sure to face a tough test again.

But Fin­nemore (right) has ev­ery re­spect for the op­po­si­tion and there­fore ex­pects his play­ers to come out fight­ing.

“Ross­lyn Park are a very good out­fit and are to be re­spected,” he said. “I ex­pect noth­ing less than a hard-fought game and for us to put in a win­ning per­for­mance.”

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