‘We’ve got to make sure we perform’ – David McNabb reiterates Bootle focus amid league position

Bootle manager David McNabb

Bootle manager David McNabb has set out their ambitions to end their torrid home form against Trafford on Saturday.

The Bucks suffered disappointment against Mossley as a piece of individual brilliance from Kai Payne secured the win for the Lillywhites to hand the new manager straight defeats.

The positives continued in their trip to Seel Park but their season-long issues of finding the back of the net continued.

“Overall, we’re really disappointed but not in the performance by any stretch, I thought it was solid, defensively we were good and we created a lot of chances,” he said speaking to Off The Park.

“On another day we could’ve scored two or three with the chances we created but we’ve been undone by a worldie from a young lad who has got a big career ahead of him on loan from Wigan. Unfortunately, we just wasn’t clinical enough in the final third and that seems to be the story of the season.

“The performance was a million times better than it was against Colne, both sides contributed to a pretty poor show in the Colne game.

“Both low on confidence and it showed, not much football was played, I thought on Saturday we were really good and if we play like that for the rest of the season, I’ve got no doubt we’ll pick up points, we just missed the chances we created.”

Bootle sit two points above the bottom four going into the closing stages of the season but the likes of Colne and Widnes could leapfrog them if results go against McNabb’s side.

But with the situation surrounding them, he remains focused on matters that the Bucks can control.

He continued: “It’s just about getting points on the board, we can only worry about the things we control which is points on the board and our own results.

“What happens elsewhere is going to happen regardless, we’re not going to worry about that too much. We’ve going to focus on picking up points this weekend, we’ve got two tough games but confident we can get what we need.

“It’s our second to last home game of the season and we haven’t been great at home all season, throughout the season we haven’t won enough.

“I don’t think we’ve won there since Boxing Day so we need to be going into that game trying to pick up the all important three points, let’s try get off to a flyer then we’ve almost got a free hit against Cables. What we don’t want to do is building the pressure on ourselves by not picking up points.”

They host Trafford this weekend who sit nine points outside the playoffs and will be looking to add further misery on Bootle this weekend.

However, McNabb feels that with the positive signs that they’ve shown in their opening two games that if they continue their output – the results will soon follow.

“Goals are always important but the timing of the is equally important, we’ve conceded early in the first two games and we’ve got to put a stop to that,” he said. “Hopefully we can get one ourselves which gives us something to build on.

“Ideally we want to be picking up six points plus over the next four games, I think that will be enough to secure our place in the league next season. This group is capable of that, I’ve got no doubts about it, we’ve got to make sure we perform, work hard and I’m sure the results will come.”

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