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New Wisbech Town boss Allan Ross questioned the will and desire of some of his players after a catastrophic first half performance against Daventry Town this afternoon.

Ross saw his team lose 4-3 during his first game at the helm, but the scoreline did not reflect the dominance of the visitors – or the attitude of his team.

He told the Citizen: "I already knew it was going to be a difficult task but I didn't realise how lacking in confidence the boys actually are. We trained really well on Tuesday and they left in good spirits.

Alan Ross rips into his players
Alan Ross rips into his players

"But I could see the nerves in the changing room before kick-off and I thought that's what the performance was, very nervy.

"They need to step up to the plate and the fight. To be honest, I am not sure whether all of them are invested in getting us out of the situation we are in.

"The first half was so disappointing in the fact that Daventry didn't play through us or around us. It was balls into the box that contributed to their goals and we had spoken about making sure we were more solid defensively in these areas.

Wisbech Town manager Allan Ross (55133557)
Wisbech Town manager Allan Ross (55133557)

"It was men against boys in the first half. Daventry attacked the ball aggressively and thoroughly deserved the three goals. There were harsh words said at half time, to say the least, but then it was even more disappointing to lose the fourth goal.

"At that point, you are probably feeling as a player that there is nothing to lose, so you get the ball down and play with less fear. If you make a mistake, what's the difference between four and five? The late goals did flatter us."

One bright point for Ross was the second half performance of striker Avi Vieira. He said: "I thought Avi was very good when he came on. Originally I'd told him he was starting, but after looking back on videos of the season today, I thought Toby Allen might give us that edge when being through one-on-one.

"But when Avi came on he was a bit of a menace, he put his body on the line, he worked well in the final third and started to flick things on."

Allan Ross
Allan Ross

Looking towards next week's game at mid-table Loughborough Dynamo, Ross added: "It's not just about training, it is about what the players can bring to the table. I can gee the boys up with my passion and determination. My prep is always on point and I will deliver what I feel are the best tactics.

"But what let us down today was the desire of the players and we only saw what I need from them towards the end of the game when it was far too late. I will try to give them more confidence in training and hopefully they can take that and some determination into the game."

Allan Ross makes a point to his subs
Allan Ross makes a point to his subs


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