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FOOTBALL: Knights are 'too nice' to play against

Player-manager Ian Dunn felt frustrated again as Pinchbeck United slipped to a fourth successive defeat.

The Knights have scored once in that period and Tony Edwards' second-half penalty on Saturday was kept out.

They had already conceded three times as Wellingborough Town extended their unbeaten league run.

Tony Edwards
Tony Edwards

Dunn admitted: "We were soundly beaten.

"We had a better starting XI than last week but we came up against a better side.

"I thought we were in the game at 1-0 down until half-time.

Ian Dunn
Ian Dunn

"But in the second half, they steamrollered us all over the park. We seemed to let them do whatever they wanted.

"We need to pick ourselves up and work harder. We are too nice to play against.

"We must be tougher and more streetwise. We need to be harder to break down and stop giving away easy chances.

"Ricky Lovelace made five or six good saves in the second half when we were hoping to create those chances at the other end.

"The resilience shown over the past two or three years is not here at the moment.

"We've changed almost an entire team so it will take time for players to work out what we expect from them.

"They have been told in no uncertain terms. They understand what we want but they are not delivering.

"We won't be too harsh on them because you can't really question the effort or work-rate.

"It's worrying that we are not scoring goals and we need to address that."

New signing Tyrone Burton made his debut in midfield and Reif Clarke came on as a substitute after a loan deal from St Neots Town.

Pinchbeck have also brought in 16-year-old Mason Shores.

Dunn added: "We want to be braver in possession and I thought Tyrone used the ball quite well, particularly in the second half.

"We need to ask some more questions instead of hiding behind an easy pass.

"We want to hurt teams. We know Reif is a good finisher if we can create chances and get the right blend around him."

Pinchbeck face Rugby Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday.

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