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30 August 2012

Youth boss Eric Kinder on the Fleetwood draw

Head of Youth Eric Kinder spoke to us about the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood.

"I think we dropped our standards compared to the opening two weeks of the season.

"They are the new boys in our league and they're finding their feet. The pitch is a difficult one, but I can relate to that because it's exactly the situation we were in when I first got here. It'll take them time to develop their facilities, as it did with us, but I'm sure they'll get there.

"I've no complaints because the surface was the same for both sides. It meant we couldn't play our passing game and we had to change our style of play, but we adapted well early in the game.

"We found ourselves in the lead from another set piece and that was really pleasing. We've had goals from two corners in the space of two weeks which have been the result of work on the training pitch, and it's always good to score like that.

"With this one, instead of going into the front post we had a couple of runners peeling off and it caused a bit of confusion. Pat Brough arrived late and finished it off with a back post header.

"We looked comfortable after that and we went into half time with a lead. That was probably the only real incident in the whole of that first 45 minutes. Alex [Salmon] probably should have scored with a header right on half time when he got a bit of space, but he was under a bit of pressure and he put it just wide.

"For some reason we just stopped playing in the second half. We didn't get anywhere near the performance levels we ask for. We lost possession over and over again and they drew level just after half time - even though there was a real element of luck in the goal.

"Their player on the right hand side tried to put a cross in and he completely got it wrong. It spun off his boot and sailed over Jordan Parker's head into the top corner, so it was really disappointing. 

"We had a few chances after that to win the game but we just couldn't finish them off. We had one where Alex Salmon played Jamie Clarey through and he did absolutely everything right. He went round the keeper and set himself, but he didn't look up and he ended up by side footing the ball into the side netting. 

"That was frustrating because he'd done the really hard work of getting away from his marker and then the technique for beating the keeper was first class. The bit at the end of putting the ball away looked to be the easiest part of it, so he was unlucky with that.

"Patrick Brough got into the area and drilled the ball across the face of goal and I think it was the type of chance he should score from. Thomson and Clarey both had half chances in the last 15 minutes but it was one of those days where it just wasn't our day at all. 

"The good teams at any level are those who work hard off the ball, and we didn't do any of that in this game. When we have it, we're going to be a match for anybody. We have some really good players who like to move it about, but it's the ugly side of things they need to improve on. 

"It is a concern of mine that, as a team, we are nowhere near as good when we don't have possession. It's something we'll have to knock out of them. 

"We went there in a very confident mood and I think they possibly gave up in their own minds as soon as they saw the pitch. People say that good players can play on anything, but I don't think that's quite right. 

"In my opinion, good players find a way of dealing with anything and of finding a way round the problems they face. We decided we'd sulk instead of looking for a way to overcome it and we paid the price."

United - Parker, Gwinnutt, Minor, Staunch, Morse, Dempsey, Berwick, Salmon, Thomson, Peel (Clarey 60), Brough. Subs - Brass, Chisholm, Dixon, McEvoy.

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