The Pics

REACTION: McDonald gives his verdict on set back at Halesowen

09 October 2018

PICS' boss, Liam McDonald, has given his verdict on our 2-0 set-back at Halesowen Town at the weekend.

"We got what we deserved," he admitted. "I felt that we were the better team for long periods in the first half but then we were hit with the sucker-punch of conceding two identical goals after the break and we were unable to recover.

"Our hosts out-worked us during that second half and that is not acceptable. I pride my teams on being fit, energetic and working extremely hard and at the moment the lads are not reflecting what I have come to expect.

"Too many are not performing to the standards that we expect and that I know they are capable of and as manager I have to take responsibility for that and find out the reasons why.

"We’re in a tough place at the moment. It’s the first ‘low’ we’ve had since I arrived at the club and whilst it is easy to be critical, you also have to remember that this group has only lost six of the 39 League games that we have played stretching back into last season.

"That said, we need to get out of this quickly and start getting points on the board. Out target is still there to be reached and as a club we will stick together in order to get to where we want to be.

"As a staff we are doing all we can to make things happen; this is a good group of players but for whatever reason it is not happening for them at the moment.

"We will continue to give them as much confidence as we can because I know that when things do start to click into place, we’ll be flying. I am confident that our fortunes will change, but, as I say, it has to happen sooner rather than later.

"I’d like to think that with it being Non League Day on Saturday we’ll get some extra support here to help push us on against Lowestoft Town.

"As has been proved during my time here, the crowd can really play its part and I urge you all to get right behind the players from the first whistle to the last on Saturday against a side that sit just two points above us.

"We need everyone pulling in the same direction to give us the best possible chance to get the three points."

In preparation for Saturday's important game, The Pics face a friendly against Wolverhampton Sporting Community here at Dales Lane on Tuesday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Our former assistant manager, Steve Hinks, has recently taken over at the helm of our opponents and we wish him well in his new role.

Admission will be FREE and whilst there will be no Pics Pantry, the Club House will be open as normal for refreshments. Why not come along? All are welcome...