‘The key thing’ – Neil Young unfazed by Marine run but admits improvements needed

Marine manager Neil Young celebrates winning Liverpool Senior Cup

Neil Young wants an improvement from his Marine side following their recent run of results – but the Mariners boss has warned not to overlook the work done so far.

Their performance at home to Ashton United posed promising signs but it was more dropped points from the Crosby side.

October and the beginning of November was a hectic month at Rossett Park with trips to Guiseley then St Ives Town in the FA Trophy before welcoming Football League opposition, Harrogate Town, in the FA Cup.

The Mariners are winless in their last four but Young insists that their previous run of 15 games unbeaten should be remembered over their last four.

“We just look at the next game which is Atherton Collieries. It’s always a difficult place to go irrespective of their position, we’ve got to play everyone twice and they are the next opponents,” he told Off The Park. 

“The key thing is, when we get the opportunities we win our games and when you do that momentum builds again. In life, we’re quick to forget what went before, we were 15 games unbeaten and now we’ve had a couple of bad results, everyone is remembering the bad results. 

“We have to remember the good results, enforce that to the lads, we got back to a bit more like we wanted to against Ashton but we need to have bodies. We’ve played half a season already, the lads do need some rest, you think of the names we’ve got out, they walk into any team in the division. 

“At this level, most teams carry small numbers, we’re no different, we’ve got to sign one or two, we’ve got to be mindful that Fin (Sinclair-Smith) is probably back in10 days time, (Jordan) Lussey to be back in two or three weeks and Jack Dunn is back in terms of light training, I’d expect him to be back in the new year.”

While the start to the season has been largely positive, the Marine boss admitted that their toil for incomings continues. But Blackburn Rovers loanee Jalil Saadi is expected to be available for selection, despite being forced off against Ashton.

Young admitted that there are still improvements to be made. He added: “We’ve done well in the FA Cup, done okay in the FA Trophy, the performance against St Ives wasn’t great, the league at the minute is all over the place because of our cup exploits.

“In terms of where we are at the moment, we’re going okay, we need to improve and add some bodies.

“Our defending in the last three games, especially Harrogate is what has cost us the game. Don’t get me wrong the performance against Ashton was very good, we should’ve won the game – and quite comfortably, we’ve missed great opportunities and been done by a set-piece which has been our Achilles heel but performance-wise it was very good.”

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