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Lions boss Bower promises hard graft in bid to curb unacceptable errors
Guiseley, who have lost their last five matches in Skrill North, have been promised “a long two weeks” on the training ground by new manager Mark Bower.
The 33-year-old, who is still waiting for his first point, let alone win, has seen his team drop into a relegation place following their 4-1 defeat at third-placed Altrincham last Saturday, and called his team’s errors unacceptable.
It was a chalk and cheese display by the Lions, who led 1-0 at half-time at Moss Lane before capitulating in the second half to some school- boy errors.
Bower, who seems at a loss to explain the difference between the first 45 minutes and the second, said of their display after the interval: “We didn’t defend the long ball over the top to start with and gave a penalty away, and two minutes after that we gift-wrapped them another goal.
“All the good things that we did in the first half were forgotten.
“We stopped passing it to each other, we didn’t defend properly.
“We won every ball in our box in the first half and won next to nothing in ours in the second.
“I am just struggling at the minute to explain why that happened because the same people were defending those long balls. From being absolutely superb in the first half to nothing in the second. It is difficult to put your finger on it at the minute.”
Bower added: “We had a game-plan – get that extra man in midfield against their two – and it was working perfectly.
“But when we give goals away like we do, you can play as well as you want and be as organised as you want but if you let a long ball go over the top and put their lad in the box and through on goal, then you have no chance.
“The goals we gave away were nothing to do with substitutions or tactics. It was basic football that you have learnt since you were ten or 12 years old and we never got that right in the second half.
“When you go to a place like Altrincham – they are third – if you are going to gift wrap people chances and opportunities, then the last one you want to do that to is James Walshaw, and we did that.
“If we had played like we did in the first half, we would have won the game, there is no doubt about that.”
Guiseley have no game on Saturday because it is the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, and face Histon at home to Saturday, October 19.
That starts a run of crucial fixtures against sides around them in the relegation zone
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