I felt sorry for Ross, says Schu

Midweek Visiter - - Sport -

STEVEN SCHU­MACHER has told Ross Sykes not to dwell on the er­ror which cost South­port a point against Spen­ny­moor Town last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Two days af­ter he signed on loan from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, Sykes reg­is­tered a hugely-im­pres­sive de­but but it was from his er­ror that the Sand­grounders con­ceded the de­cid­ing goal in stop­page-time as they slumped to a sixth straight de­feat.

Sykes has joined un­til Jan­uary and Schu­macher, tak­ing con­trol of his first game in in­terim charge af­ter the de­par­ture of man­ager Alan Lewer, says the de­fender will be a ma­jor as­set in the com­ing weeks.

“I felt sorry for Ross be­cause he was bril­liant but his in­di­vid­ual er­ror has cost us,” Schu­macher said.

“I’ve told him not to worry and it’s im­por­tant that he doesn’t dwell on it be­cause his per­for­mance over­all was out­stand­ing.

“When I spoke to some of the coaches at Ac­cring­ton ear­lier in the week, they said Ross was com­posed on the ball and read the game well but I didn’t ex­pect him to be as good as he was.

“Un­for­tu­nately for Ross, he tried to bring the ball down to prob­a­bly start an­other coun­ter­at­tack but he’s slipped.

“He’s a young lad and I’m sure he’ll learn from it.”

South­port’s search for a new man­ager con­tin­ues and they are ex­pected to make an ap­point­ment be­fore their next game at home to Gains­bor­ough Trin­ity a week on Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 21).

The de­feat sees the Sand­grounders fall to 16th place in the Va­narama Na­tional League North, but Schu­macher thinks the play­ers have shown enough to sug­gest that re­sults will im­prove.

“The most im­por­tant thing was for us to get a per­for­mance and we did,” he added.

“When we got back into the game, I thought there was only go­ing to be one win­ner but you can’t make mis­takes like we’ve done in re­cent weeks.

“We worked hard on try­ing to give the play­ers a struc­ture and a ba­sic or­gan­i­sa­tion, and to a man they car­ried that out.”

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