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Bird Has Work To Do

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Hayden Bird has promised to make changes ahead of Saturday’s Ryman League Division One South game at….

….Three Bridges after Merstham were knocked out of the FA Trophy on Tuesday night.

The Moatsiders failed to score for the third game running as Herne Bay won the Preliminary Round replay 2-0, with the sides having drawn 0-0 in Saturday’s game.

On Tuesday, the fast-paced game saw some neat, passing football from both sides in the first half, with little to separate the teams until Herne Bay’s Jamie O’Connell thumped the ball past Brannon Daly dead on 45 minutes.

With the Kent-team holding on to their slim lead, it looked like there was going to be a frantic last ten minutes until James Turner counter-attacked, leaving Ben Brown to tap the ball home for 2-0 on 82 minutes.

“It was like groundhog day,” Moatsiders boss Bird admitted of the performance.

“The team in the first half played very well and controlled the game but gave away a really bad goal.

“In the second half, they have to learn to dust themselves down and continue with their jobs, and as the game went on they lost control of the game because they didn’t continue to play to their principals. When that happens to leave yourself open for the counter-attack, which happened.”

It is back to Ryman League action on Saturday for Merstham and Bird believes his side are capable of turning their run around at Three Bridges – with a bit of work.

“We have to accept that one or two things aren’t working, there is no point being stubborn about it. We need to make changes,” Bird stated.

“In football there are often fine margins, often if you are winning people think you are the best team in the league and if you are losing they think you are a terrible team, but the truth is somewhere in between.

“Here, it isn’t as far away as what the result are suggesting but clearly there is work to do.”

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