Humbled Pinchbeck United prepare for crucial run of games after overwhelming defeat at Quorn
Pinchbeck United manager Ian Dunn has told his players to learn the lessons from their heaviest loss of the season at Quorn.
The Fox Hunters added five second half goals to the pair they scored in the first 45 minutes in what proved to be a morale-shattering day for the Knights.
But Dunn is drawing the positives from a game where his side created chances which, if they had gone in, may have put a different complexion on the game.
"We came up against a side who were very clinical and who took the chances they created," Dunn said.
"However, we created more chances on Saturday than we've done in the past three games, but we didn't take them at key times in the game.
"We had a good chance to get back in the game at 2-0 when one of our lads went round their goalkeeper, but tried to get the ball on his right foot, instead of taking the shot with his left.
"Then we had a mad spell in the second half when we didn't do enough defensively and we were punished.
"But even at 3-0 down, we've put a shot over the bar from eight to ten yards out and we missed two other clear shots on goal from the same distance.
"Quorn created ten chances and took seven so it looks a bad scoreline for us.
"But I have to be pragmatic and take a step back because no one gave us a chance before the game."
Nevertheless, scoring practice will be top of the agenda for Pinchbeck when they train tomorrow ahead of a crucial run of games against sides in and around them in the table.
They start with the visit of Peterborough Northern Star to Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Saturday.
Dunn said: "I'm not too down about Saturday because games like the one away at Quorn, who are doing really well, don't define your season.
"Quorn beat Shepshed last weekend and, against us, they took their chances when they presented themselves.
"Their first two goals were avoidable because we weren't under a massive amount of pressure.
"You can't have a spell where you don't do the basics right and expect to come to a place like Quorn and not be punished.
"But the positive for me is that we've created chances and if we can get something from the games coming up, then there'll be light at the end of the tunnel."
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