Travels catch up with tired Robins
LEE Sinnott admitted fatigue was beginning to catch up with his Altrincham players after they carved out a hard-earned point in a goalless draw with play-off hopefuls FC Halifax at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday.
Record-breaking Alty keeper Stuart Coburn pulled off two spectacular second-half saves to keep his goal intact, while at the other end, James Lawrie might have had a hat-trick after clipping the outside of a post with one shot and just clearing the bar with two others.
The point took Alty’s Vanarama Conference tally to 50 and left manager Sinnott with mixed feelings, as he said: “You couldn’t fault the players for effort, but I just thought we began to look a bit tired.
“There are five weeks to the end of the season, and that was our 40th game. We both played on Tuesday night, and it looked like two tired teams out there. We virtually went to France and back, with the trip to Dover, so it’s no surprise we probably appeared the more tired.
“When that happens, carelessness in possession creeps in, and there tends to be fewer options. Players are hurting a bit and haven’t got the usual spring in their step. That said, Stuart made a couple of outstanding saves, and James went close a few times.
“We are third in the league for shots at goal, which means our approach play is getting us into positions where we can pull the trigger.
“Unfortunately we are third-worst for missing the target, which means we need to improve our accuracy. We are clearing the bar too many times and need to do something about that.”
Alty are on their travels again on Saturday and are hopeful Nicky Clee can shake off a tight hamstring for the game at Dartford.
Simon Richman faces a test on a dead leg, but Shaun Densmore is out with a knee injury.
‘We are clearing the bar too many times and we need to do something about that’