Ford says players must learn the harsh reality of costly errors

Banbury United manager Mike Ford

Banbury United manager Mike Ford

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Banbury United boss Mike Ford says his players must learn after seeing his side go out of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Puritans lost 2-1 at Wealdstone where Sahr Kabba came off the bench to hit the late winner. Ricky Johnson had earlier cancelled out Tom Hamblin’s opener but Kabba sent the Vanarama National League South outfit through.

Ford said: “We managed the game much better. But the harsh reality is that two mistakes have cost us for their two goals.

“The errors were suicidal and as a result we’ve gone out of the competition, we were just a bit naive for the second goal.

“I didn’t expect us to lose the game once we equalised because I couldn’t see us conceding. Wealdstone were very resolute when we got back on level terms but we matched them for long periods.

“The winning goal is an absolute disaster, coming from their corner of the pitch. We have to learn because we can’t give goals away like that.

The errors were suicidal and as a result we’ve gone out of the competition

“I don’t blame Andy Gunn for their winner, there were lots of things going on before the one which led to the goal. Andy’s mistake was the final one of five errors.

“I told the players we’ve got a game on Tuesday and we need to bounce back. It’s a competition I want to win but we have to cut out the goals we keep giving away.”