‘Our luck has to change’ – Richard Brodie confident of Skelmersdale United turnaround ahead of Glossop North End trip

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Skelmersdale United manager Richard Brodie has issued a defiant message as they look to return to winning ways against Glossop North End.

Kingsley Adu-Gyamfi and Oliver Jepson scored for Kidsgrove Athletic as they inflicted a third straight 2-1 defeat on Skem.

The loss sees them tread closer to the danger zone with their last win coming against Mossley at the end of October.

The Skem boss has become frustrated in the manner of their recent defeats as a familiar trend emerges. He told Off The Park: “I’ll be honest, I could probably put my last five interviews together and it would be very similar.

“It’s frustrating that the same problems keep occurring, we did okay again going in 1-1 at half-time against a team that’s sixth in the division at the time.

“We come out second-half and it’s another individual error costing us, the lads are a good honest bunch but at some point it needs to stop because it’s costing us points and we’re not in the position where we can give things away.

“Every point is so valuable and we have to pick up as many as we can, we’ve got to keep the back door shut and stop gifting teams goals because we don’t get goals gifted to us, we’re so close yet so far as well at the same time.

“We’re not going to sit here and hide the fact, teams are going to see that we concede early and see if they defend solid enough, we will mistakes,” he added.

“That’s football and you play on teams weaknesses, at the minute it’s two massive weaknesses of ours. We played a behind-closed-doors game against Burscough, I believe it was the right time and right place to have a game, in the middle of the park excellent, a lot of great stuff, created chances but a mistake cost us a goal.

“Football is won in both boxes, we can’t keep being okay and alright because we’re not scoring enough and conceding too many, at the minute it’s a recipe for disaster. It can’t keep happening because football is won in both boxes.”

They travel to Glossop this weekend, a team who were edged out by Widnes last weekend as Michael Ellison’s side came from behind twice to win at home.

Teams around the Blues, such as Bootle, have enjoyed a turnaround in form and have rose up the Northern Premier League table.

Brodie said: “Every game is massive at the minute and the saving grace is we look at the position of Bootle before we played them and where they are now, I believe on the day we were the better side than Bootle.

“But we can’t keep saying that, we have to get points, I’d rather be the worser side and pick up a 1-0 or a 2-1 or at the minute a point, the rot has to be stopped at some point. We keep making the same errors, doing the same thing, we keep saying to the lads and we believe in them and they’re taking responsibility, the next bit is to not go talk about it but do it Saturday.

“It’s a big game, not going to be nice, cold, frosty, over the next few months teams are going to be determined, let’s see who fancies it. I think our lads will, let’s see who fancies it when it’s not nice, it’s great when it’s on astro but you’ve got to do it at horrible places and grind out results.

“Sometimes you’ve got be horrible, stand up and be counted, I believe they’ll go do it Saturday, I believe our luck has to change.”

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