Wilkin will expect positive response from his players

Brackley Town boss Kevin Wilkin will be looking for a positive response from his players at Guiseley.

Friday, 12th October 2018, 12:13 pm
Brackley Town's Connor Hall thwarts another Marine attack
Brackley Town's Connor Hall thwarts another Marine attack

Saints head north for Saturday’s Vanarama National League North clash after being on the end of an Emirates FA Cup upset.

Wilkin had no complaints after seeing his knocked out by Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Marine in Saturday’s third qualifying round tie.

Wikin said: “The way we played in the first half and the attitude we showed from the outset was really poor.

“It is one thing being confident and another being arrogant and I thought we were in the first half. It’s a strong word to use but credit to Marine because they were sharper than us, they made better decisions, their finishing was sharper.

“We were nine games unbeaten before Saturday and this brings you down to Earth with a bump. We have had a terrific record in the cups and this is blot on our copybook which disappoints me.

“Generally, we’ve been very good in these situations but not on Saturday. We had moments to get back into the tie but the lack of respect we showed to Marine was what concerned me.

“Marine didn’t have many chances but they were ruthless in front of goal. Our defending wasn’t good enough in those moments, they had four shots and scored three goals.

“We had chances to give ourselves a lifeline and two quick goals in the second half gave us it. But that’s cup football and you usually only get one chance so if you don’t take it you’re left licking your wounds.

“We gave the players the warnings they needed to get through the tie but it didn’t appear as though they took note, we didn’t do well enough.

“The players have to realise teams want to beat us even more since we won the FA Trophy and that’s something they have to deal with.”