Davis deflated after latest setback

Banbury United's Jordan Greengets past Truro City's Danny Greenslade at Spencer Stadium
Banbury United's Jordan Greengets past Truro City's Danny Greenslade at Spencer Stadium

Puritans boss Paul Davis admitted there was little he could say to his players after they slipped to a fifth straight Evo-Stik Southern League defeat.

Despite taking the lead again, Banbury United finished a premier division game pointless and Davis knows his players must learn how to manage games better if they are too survive.

Davis said: “We got the early goal, perhaps it came too early, because our advantage was wiped out too quickly and then the game is back in the balance, we needed to hold on to our lead a lot longer.

“Truro are a good side, not a great football side, but we just can’t deal with long balls, second balls and knock downs and we’ve got to learn to do that.

“We seemed to panic and I don’t know why, if me or Rufus [Brevett] are on the pitch we could calm the players down but there’s no way we’re playing! It needs someone out there to settle everyone down, you saw when Truro went in front, they looked to slow the game down straight away.

“We huffed and puffed after going behind but we never looked like getting back into it and I can’t recall their keeper making a save in the second half. Truro don’t concede many goals and you can see why but we just ran out of ideas, they’re a very efficient side but that’s not the way we can play or how I want us to play.

“I didn’t say anything to the players after the game, I didn’t even go into the dressing room because I honestly didn’t know what I could say to them that I haven’t already said every week.

“I could go in there and tell what they did right and what they did wrong but they know that already. We’ve just got to work on it again in training.”