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Celtic Manager Apologises To Fans For Alty Hammering

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Following last week’s wins against Grantham Town and Halesowen Town, Farsley Celtic travelled to Altrincham in the Evo-Stik League Premier on Tuesday night in good heart, but came away on the receiving end of a 6-0 beating.

The Celts manager Adam Lakeland said: “It was a very difficult evening for us against an impressive Altrincham side that was by a distance the best team we’ve played so far this season. I can accept losing to a team which is better than us on any given day, but there is a way to lose and I felt in the final 30 minutes we lost our discipline, had no organisation with or without the ball and made the scoreline become a bit embarrassing to be honest. It was just a bad night from start to finish where individually and collectively we were nowhere near our capabilities and as a result we were second best in every department.

“It was always going to be a tough game and with the result they had in the Emirates FA Cup last Saturday (losing to Northern League Division One Shildon) and the manager quite publicly calling out his players for a reaction, I knew it was going to make the game even more testing for us. We expected a fast start from them so we had a game plan to try and frustrate them, slow their momentum and try to create chances on the break. We wanted to break the game down into three stages of thirty minutes with the plan to be in the game in the last half an hour and give ourselves the chance of getting a result, but to concede from a free kick after eight minutes and then again on twenty-two minutes from a quickly taken free-kick tossed the plan out of the window.

“At the break, we tried to re-group and said if we could all raise our levels and get the next goal somehow we would be back in the game, so to then go and concede so quickly in the second half killed us again. The remainder of the game was extremely poor and had we dug in and lost it 3-0 or 4-0 to a point I could have taken that, but 6-0 is unacceptable. We lost our discipline, clocked off after 70 minutes and allowed for the scoreline to become ridiculous. We must learn from this and make a commitment to one another that no matter how hard it gets we don’t fold like we did.

“I’m disappointed that we didn’t give a better account of ourselves as the lads have been fantastic so far this season and even when we have been beaten previously we have fought till the end and been a difficult team to beat. On Tuesday we were just miles off it and sometimes you get performances like that and as a manager it’s frustrating as you can’t quite put your finger on why. In saying that, we have a great group of lads who are hurting from this result and it’s up to us now to bounce back when we take on Barwell at the Throstle Nest on Saturday.

“Finally, I would like to apologise to the supporters who travelled to the game and as manager I take full responsibility for the result”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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