Setback for Swifts
Swifts lost to Newtongrange Star The message was a simple one from Jeanfield Swifts manager Ross Gunnion after their weekend 3-1 defeat to Newtongrange Star – cut out the errors.
Swifts struggled to make their mark on this Super League home clash after Richard Donovan had temporarily levelled proceedings in the first half.
The performance was disappointing for boss Gunnion. He said:“The first half was very even and, if anything, we were probably the slightly better team.
“We created a few more chances that could have seen us enter the break a goal up.
“However, second half we were extremely disappointing and failed to compete.
“We didn’t do the simple things in the game, didn’t work hard enough and made ourselves easy to beat.
“It’s the most disappointed I’ve been this season.
“In terms of improvement, it’s simple. We must work harder and cut out the basic errors. We are not short of ability but if we don’t put the effort in first we won’t get the chance to show the quality we have.
“There were seven players missing at the weekend for various reasons. That’s not an excuse for the poor performance but what it does do is make it easy for me to bring the missing players back into the team.”
Gunnion says it’s a case of returning to the basics at training this week ahead of cup action on Saturday.
The Riverside boss added:“We’ll start working on our defensive shape and look to get ourselves back to the creative force we showed in the first three or four games this season.
“A cup game provides a welcome break from league duty as it’s been a hectic start. It also affords the squad an opportunity to show why they should be playing.”