Blue Square Bet
Published 19th March 2012
....ability after their seven-match unbeaten run came to an end.
Defeat to Droylsden was only City’s third league defeat at St George’s Lane this season and also dashed their hopes of five consecutive victories for the first time in seven years.
However, they remain just two points outside the play-off zone after other results went their way, and Heeley is determined they put the setback behind them.
“We didn’t have a great day, we’re all disappointed with the performance and the result,” he said.
“But the bigger picture is it’s the first defeat in eight games and we have got to show character in the last eight matches.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up with no sulking because we’ve had a great run and we’ve got to get back on another one. That’s what we’re all aspiring to do.
“We’ve just got to keep believing in ourselves, we’ve done incredibly well and nothing’s been lost. The bigger picture and the aim is still there, we’ve got to dust ourselves down and look forward to Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday.”
City struggled to rediscover the cutting edge that saw them triumph against Gainsborough Trinity last Monday and they were further hampered by losing midfielder Tom Thorley to a hamstring problem mid-way through the first half. Heeley, whose side also lost 4-1 at Droylsden last November, added: “It was one of those days, we didn’t really look like getting back into the game and, fair play to Droylsden, they were worthy of their win.
“I felt they dealt with the surface better than us, it’s starting to dry out now and it’s very bobbly, and they moved the ball better than us.
“It’s frustrating to think we can go from the performance level on Monday to a disappointing one on Saturday but that’s football for you.
“I thought we looked a bit lethargic and tired, we looked quite leggy and losing Tom didn’t really help us.”
Having called for more fans to turn out, the City boss was also irritated by the fact his team weren’t able to live up to recent performances in front of a larger gate of 895.
He said: “It’s frustrating because we feel we’ve deserved bigger crowds and then we’ve got beaten with a disappointing performance.
“But it’s not over yet, we have got eight games to look forward to and we’re right in there.”