Disappointing Cup exit for Boro
Blackfield upset in cup triumph
Gosport Borough exited the Southern League Challenge Cup losing 4-3 to Blackfield & Langley at Privett Park tonight with Player/Manager Craig McAllister describing the result as "very disappointing" writes Brian Seeney.
"I asked for a response after the performance against Salisbury and we started really well for the first 10 to 15 minutes.
"We were on the front foot playing a good tempo and there was some good football played.
"That was exactly what we wanted and then we went 1-0 up only to take our foot off the gas a little bit.
"We started giving the ball away and were sloppy in some areas and we got punished.
"We went back to the old routine of scoring a goal then everyone drops their heads when they score.
"But we weren't losing the game we were drawing the game (1-1) and I was expecting a response (to the equaliser). But instead they (Blackfield & Langley) went on and scored again (for 1-2) and fair credit to them they kept trying to play and they succeeded.
"If you don't close people down and don't defend then you are going to concede goals and that's what we did.
"We've conceded 13 goals in four games now and it's not good enough. I'm not going to stand for this - it needs to improve.
"We made a big thing in pre-season (training) about keeping clean sheets and now we look nowhere near like doing that.
"We had a little go in the second half but it was too little too late.
"Overall the way we defended I'm not sure we deserved to get anything out of the game.
"We played well at times but we were sloppy giving the ball away and we were a little bit naive.
"I keep saying the same things every week (to the players) but I need a response from the players.
"The standards from everyone are not good enough and they need to get better because Matt and I are not going to stand for it.
"The players have all the answers in the dressing room but we need a response on the pitch."
After surviving a penalty scare in the second minute when referee Sean Jenkins changed his decision due to an offside flag, Boro began well and on 13 minutes Matt Tubbs shot narrowly wide. But within four minutes he had hit the target for 1-0.
The lead lasted just seven minutes when Blackfield's striker Charlie Urry levelled in a goalmouth scramble with the first of his two goals on the night.
Blackfield took the lead on 34 minutes when debut-making Matt Mayes, the former Pompey Academy captain, fired into the top corner of the net for 1-2.
Then in the fourth minute of first half time added, Owen Fee made it 1-3 and the visitors were in control.
Tubbs breached a stubborn and well drilled Blackfield defence with his and Boro's second goal on 63 minutes sparking hopes of a revival.
But the tie was all over with Urry's second strike in the 80th minute for 2-4 before Boro replacement striker Ryan Pennery's last minute consolation penalty.