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Barnes warns: "We'll be back again"

Following on from his side's 1-0 loss in the League Cup final to Rothwell Corinthians , Holbeach United manager, Phil Barnes, was largely optimistic about the game.

He explained his thoughts behind his side's loss and explained why there was no reason to be downbeat following the occasion.

"I thought we was slow starting in the first half, didn't really try to influence the way we wanted to play," Barnes said.

"I thought we put that right second half and tried to get it wide.

"First half it was a proper cup match, it was just a bit frenetic from both teams, but second half I thought it was a lot better from us.

"I thought we tried to get the ball down and play when we could and we did everything right.

"Their keeper's made two or three good saves, and I can't really think where Rick's (Drury) had a lot more to do than pick the ball up out of his own net from that ricocheted goal.

"But, credit to them, they held on and they defended well, and we'll lick our wounds and start again when we can.

"I thought Fraser (Bayliss) did well considering he only joined yesterday.

"I don't think we got it wide enough to Jordan (Elston) at times, I thought we played too many straight balls where Frewy (Michael Frew) is fighting with their two centre halves, we'd have been better off probably playing diagonal balls rather than straight balls all the time.

"But, they stuck at it.

"Thanks to the way lockdown's falling and if it ends when it's going to end, then we've got the luxury of playing these again.

"There will be revenge on the cards for that game, and we'll know what we're up against then, but we need to get this out of our minds now, and just look forward to the future.

"There might be one more addition to the squad coming soon, because with us set to be playing a lot of games soon then, we will more than likely need it.

"But, when we get everyone fit then I'm quite happy with what we've got in the squad.

"There's probably not a better time to lose a cup final, as the players can move on past it now.

"I just hope everyone stays safe, and things return to normal again soon."

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