Wingate boss Clark says his side lacked energy at Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 September 2019
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Wingate & Finchley manager Steve Clark says his side were lacking energy in their 2-0 defeat to high-flying Hornchurch on the weekend.
Goals from Chris Dickson and Joe Christou sealed the three points for the Urchins at Bridge Avenue on Saturday.
But the boss was keen to pick out the positives from the match although he felt conceding on the stroke of half-time proved costly.
"We didn't start the game well and we didn't play well for 45 minutes, but we were lacking something, lacking the energy we usually have- the vibrancy in our play and there are no excuses.
"We wanted to go in 0-0 at half-time and that was very important especially after not playing so well.
"We've spoke a lot about the team moving forward and we're going to have to play not well at times but still get results.
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"The goal came at a very significant time at the end of the half and it's very difficult when you concede at that time after not playing well."
Clark admitted he had his half-time team talk prepared in his head but it all changed when Dickson found the back of the net for the hosts in the 45th minute.
"I wanted to go in at half-time and say to them that 45 minutes was the best 45 I've had since I've been at the club, that's purely on not playing well and being able to keep a clean sheet, but that changed.
"For me though we're going in the right direction, every game we're learning as a group, we've got lots of new players but there is a pattern and theme in our play now where we're more organised and harder to beat.
"I think you could see that in the 45 minutes."
Alieu Njie made his first start of the season while Alphanso Kennedy and Mason Hall was dropped to the bench for the clash.
"We had Ali play and he hasn't played since pre-season, I decided to leave Alphanso on the bench, and he's been fantastic but he will learn a lot from it along with Mason.
"I take responsibility though as when we don't get it right that's me but there were plenty of positives."