Blue Square Bet
Published 16th April 2012
...Barrow AFC on Saturday.
While George was pleased with the 3-1 win, he said he was annoyed at the quality of his side’s performance in the first half, despite leading 2-1 through Michael Gash and Harry Pell.
He said: "I let rip a bit at half time because I felt we were just trying to do enough. I thought it was lethargic, lacklustre and we didn’t have enough tempo in our play, so I thought 2-1 flattered us.
"When we pass the ball and play, we can carve teams open, as we did in the second half. It’s frustrating to me that they don’t want to do it enough.
"I just said to them it’s about standards, and the standards this club needs to set have to be higher. The bar needs to keep going higher, because success breeds success.
"Success isn’t about fighting to come in the top ten – it’s about fighting to come in the top one, and the standards from coach Nolan Keeley and myself are never going to go down.
"At the moment, there’s a little bit of a gap in standards between what we expect and what we’re capable of doing, and what the players expect and think they’re capable of doing.
"They need to understand what it takes to be successful and that’s the drum we have to keep banging, because we aren’t going to be a million miles away this year.
"For us to kick on and be better next year, we’ve got to make sure we set higher standards all the time."
However, Kevin Roberts became the latest injury casualty after being stretchered off with suspected ankle ligament damage when he landed awkwardly when heading home United’s third goal.
George added Jack Eades was ruled out with a groin problem, while Liam Hurst could not even feature for CRC as planned after suffering a hamstring injury in training.