Lower Breck manager Gary Moore was pleased with his side’s response as they ended their losing run with a win over Burscough.
Jawad Jebrin and Sean Miller helped Breck to their second win of the season thanks to their second-half efforts. They came into the clash with Linnets on the back of their 1-0 defeat to Avro.
Moore told Off The Park: “Made a couple of changes, we brought three new signings and they went straight in and we wanted a reaction.
“We wanted a reaction from the lads who had been there a little bit longer and put in a massive pre-season, this is what we said, I think we got that. We were a little bit clumsy again in possession, I think it’s coming from a bit of nervousness because we haven’t been creating many chances and we’ve been a little bit nervous in possession and I think it was there again (against Burscough).
“There was moments in the first-half we looked okay then the second half, once it clicked, we looked sharp. The first goal is class, quality, quick, intricate, one touch two touch passing, not many teams can control that and that’s the same for every side. If you can get your players playing to that level every time then you’ll win more games than you lose.
“Avro’s a tough place to go, I’ll always put that on record but it wasn’t one of those days,” he continued dissecting last weekend’s defeat. “The weather played its part – we can all say that – hats off to any player that played footy on Saturday because that was horrendous.
“We probably had 70 or 80 per cent of the ball second half and we didn’t break lines, we didn’t pick the right pass, went long when there was no space, we just lacked a bit of direction and focus. It seemed to be confidence, we’re a bit baffled how the confidence went low after the Isle of Man win because you couldn’t have had the perfect weekend, the result, the night’s out, stuff like that.
“We lost our way over a week, a week is a long time especially when you’ve got six points to look at. Avro was just another one of those, can we find out what’s wrong while we’re in possession of the football because the team’s there, we weren’t moving it quick enough.
“The goal is a situation where one of the lads has done very well to break away from the ball, he’s laid it off and one extra touch on the halfway line has been pickpocketed and the lads sent home an unbelievable finish.
“But it’s fine margins, all those cliches, but it’s a fine margin, we’ve just got to learn from them days and bounce straight back.
“Hopefully that passage of play in the last half-an-hour has picked everyone up. Everyone’s buzzing again, but you’re only as good as that result, you’ve got to move on to the next one,” the Lower Breck boss continued, hoping that their second-half showing can spark a resurgence.
When asked about this weekend’s opponents, Irlam, he said: “Good side, good footballing side, they haven’t started too well. We had two good games against them last season, I think we won 4-1, 4-0 but the 4-1 away they kept the ball for half-an-hour, they prodded and prodded.
“They’re a footballing side, I don’t know how many changes they’ve made over the summer. I think they’ve brought in a big target man so they might have changed how they play a little bit. We’ll find out soon enough, it’s all about us, if we can play to the level we shown in half-an-hour, we’ll be good.
“We’ve built a very good, honest squad, we’ve just got to keep making sure we’re doing the right things on that football pitch, we’ll be good. If you’re playing good football and getting beat you take it but when you’re bogging yourself there’s issues and other things popping up, that’s why we’ve brought in three lads this week to keep things fresh.
“It’s been a sloppy start but there’s a big month ahead, we’ve got three league games until August finishes, so if you can bag nine points to the points to add what you’ve already got going into the backend of the month you’ll be in a happy place.”
Following the win, Moore paid tribute to former goalkeeper Josh Liversedge who died earlier this week, aged 31, he said: “It was a special moment the minute’s applause before the game, we appreciate Burscough being apart of it.
“We lost a key member of the Breck family and one for the wider non-league community, he was one of a kind. Josh will be sorely missed, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”