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Quotes: new Wisbech St Mary manager Stuart Beckett on Thurlow Nunn League loss at home to Ipswich Wanderers, his first game in charge

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Wisbech St Mary stay rock bottom and seven points from safety in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Division One North after losing 5-0 at home to Ipswich Wanderers, four of the goals coming before the break.

This was long-serving player Stuart Beckett's first game in charge since being announced as manager last week.

Beckett said he had illusions how tough the job would be.

New player manager Stuart Beckett (30050260)
New player manager Stuart Beckett (30050260)

He also said of his players who had to battle the wind in the opening 45 minutes: "I couldn't have asked much more out of the second half.

"We probably shaded it in the second half and we conceded one late on, to a penalty.

"We actually started pretty well. There was good togetherness and spirit from the lads but we conceded two in two minutes and that kills you a little bit, doesn't it?

"In the second half there was a reaction and we changed it slightly at half-time. You've still got to be the better team and credit to the boys; they did do that.

"We played against the wind in the first half so of course it was difficult.

" They wind died off a bit in so they had the better of the conditions, maybe. It would be silly to say the conditions played a massive part, they did play a part but we made our own problems in terms of conceding silly goals at certain times."

Beckett added of their eighth-place opponents: "They're a good team, well-drilled and know what they're doing.

"Looking at our team, we were a little bit disjointed but hopefully in the next couple of weeks we'll work at getting people together, a little bit more continuity with the squad and then hopefully we'll start looking like a more gelled unit."

He added: "I knew it was going to be a difficult job. I've played in the team all the time it has been hard work. I've seen it and been involved in it."

He added on going forward: "I only took over on Tuesday officially, so I'll be talking to a few players and making a few approaches.

"Over the next week we'll make some signings and add some real quality to the team.

"We want the right players for Wisbech St Mary. We don't people just to come here and be numbers. We want people to be at Wisbech St Mary Football Club for the right reasons and to help us fight in the right directions – and that's what I'll looking at to bring in.

"Tom Chilton pulled out on Saturday morning with a back injury.

"It's always tough to lose such a big player on the morning of the game.

"To be fair to him, he's had a couple of hard days at work towards the end of the week. He hopefully should be back next week."

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