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'Play like that and you will lose to anyone,' says manager

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Wisbech manager Brett Whaley refused to bemoan bad refereeing decisions or highlight a bright last hour as his side collapsed in the first half of today's relegation six pointer at home against Market Drayton.

After the 4-0 drubbing (report here), a disappointed Whaley told me: "The first half was totally unacceptable in terms of our defending as a team. In that first 35 minutes, you will lose any game at Step 4, playing like that. Whether the team you are playing are top or bottom, if you are as open as that, you will lose.

"We are hurting and that was tough to take. We cannot worry about the last hour when we were good. That does not matter. Over 90 minutes we had eight or nine chances and they had four and scored them all. But did they deserve to win the game? Yes, 100% because we collapsed."

The faces say it all.
The faces say it all.

"We have been compact, solid and disciplined for three games but we were none of those for that period. We didn't win the first ball or the second ball, we didn't tackle hard enough and we were massively open on a huge day for us.

"The ref missed a penalty and they then scored the first goal but there is no point moaning about that because we have conceded four goals. We felt this was an opportunity to get a win and put some distance between the two teams.

"We had a good start, we got a bit open because we were trying to attack and then they scored and our reaction was not great. And then, as soon as we went two down, the old problems came back. People lacking in confidence, making mistakes, not keeping the ball.

There was little to smile about for Brett Whaley this afternoon.
There was little to smile about for Brett Whaley this afternoon.

"When you are used to losing, it comes back to haunt you. You cannot turn up and be like we were. If we play like that for any of the last nine games we will be beaten. I do believe in these players but we are not good enough or confident enough to just turn up and expect to win."

On Tuesday's game at home to Cleethorpes Town, which is still on at the moment, he said: "They are a very good side and if we are open like that we will get punished more than we did today.

"Since I walked in the door here I have not been able to question their character, but for the first time today there were a few of them not up to it when the pressure was on. We need a reaction."

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