Lower Breck’s misery continues after straight defeats with questions looming ahead of Macclesfield

Lower Breck in action against Burscough

Lower Breck manager Gary Moore emphasised his disappointment as the Breck lost two matches in quick succession.

They were soundly beaten by relegation-threatened Ashton Athletic at Anfield Sports with the strugglers running out 4-1 winners.

There was a change is demeanour for their midweek trip to Burscough, Lower Breck they couldn’t break their poor run despite noticeable improvements.

Despite their woeful run, Moore is adamant that his side travel to league leaders Macclesfield in a positive mind frame.

“Not good enough, in all different areas, performance. Jump into the Burscough performance wasn’t bad, wasn’t the best game,” he told Off The Park.

“[We] had more opportunities against Burscough than we did against Ashton. The shots were a little bit tame, straight at the ‘keepers hands but we did have opportunities, should’ve and could’ve had two penalties but what’s disappointing is the manner we give the goals away, that’s what hurts.

“We’ve got to be better, lazy tracking for the first, the second we win the first ball then lads not picking up the second ball, that’s something we’ve got a massive problem.

“The Ashton game wasn’t good enough full stop that’s no disrespect to Ashton, they wanted it more. At 3-1 it looked like we were going to get something out the game, pushing hard but the fourths a killer and it was curtains really. 

“Something’s got to change as a group, it’s a group dynamic from front to back, back to front, we’re just not good enough all over the park sadly.

“The lads were told that [after Burscough], it’s not good to see, not good to watch. 

“We’ve questioned ourselves, we’re looking at other things going ‘is it us? Is it them?’ But we’re thinking we’re doing all we can. 

“We’re giving instructions and they’re not doing what we’re telling them. The bare minimum is workrate and desire, when you see lads getting ran past, lads not busting a b****** to get back, we can’t do nothing about that.

“We’re picking the side, I pick the side, the buck stops with me, I put that side out, I pick the players, I’ll give a 101 excuses but I won’t use them.

“We’re expecting a performance worthy [of playing for Lower Breck] but we’re not getting it.

“It was good to see in the dressing room one of the younger lads stepped up in the changing room and said something. It’s a problem at the minute, we’re not blessed with a big squad. 

“We’re looking at the result, they drew 2-2 with Irlam, we’ve beat Irlam home and away. It’s a crazy league.

“I’ll back myself and I’ll back the 16 lads that I’ve got, if I can put a strong 16 out I’ll back us against anyone.

“You’ve got to do the right things as a team, we know it’s going to be a tough game, it’s a big pitch, they’ve got great players.

“If we can turn up there, get our strongest 16 out, we will be okay. We’ll have a few players back Jamie Menagh back from suspension, the lads have been told ‘don’t be turning up on Saturday thinking you’re in the squad after the performances we’ve seen’.

“It’s a tough game, but it’s a big game. If you can’t get up for a game of football, 4,000 people watching you I don’t know what will.

“The chips are down at the moment, we’ve just got to get bodies back and see what we can do. We go there positive, in a positive frame of mind that something can happen.

“If you’re going there thinking you’re going to get beat you may as well not turn up.” 

[Featured image: Paul Moran]

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