“Bad Day At The Office”
The Seagulls came unstuck at the first hurdle of this season’s FA Trophy after succumbing to a 2-0 loss at rival Blue Square South side, Salisbury City.
First half goals from Stu Anderson and Brian Dutton, combined with some excellent defensive work saw the Whites run out comfortable winners, but not before The Seagulls had hit the post through Kane Ingram and Salisbury keeper Mark Scott had made some first half saves.
Speaking after the game, manager, Craig Laird placed the blame on his own shoulders and declared that it was a bad day at the office.
He said, “It was just a bad day at the office really, and I take responsibility for it. I had a bad day myself.”
“I made some wrong decisions, and should have picked up on some dangers early on the team, and prepared the players better earlier on.”
“Aside from that, I thought we started well, and could have maybe gone one or two goals up, but we didn’t capitalise and once they scored, it killed us and they were comfortable right until the end.”
Saturday’s defeat means that Weston-Super-Mare are now out of both the FA Trophy and the FA Cup, with the FA Somerset Cup the last cup competition to play for, and usually this prompts the cliché of – “we can concentrate on the league”. Laird however was keen to stress the disappointment shared by himself and the players.
Laird said, “We always want to play games, rather than train as we get more out matches and it’s a steeper learning curve for all of us playing games, so we’re disappointed to be out of both competitions.”
“I suppose the silver lining is that it gives us more preparation time for the league matches, and naturally we’ll be less likely to pick up more injuries.”
Laird continued to pay tribute to the travelling fans, he said, “The support was great, and it was fantastic to hear so much singing from Weston fans away from home.”
“I feel sorry for those that made the effort for the performance, but as I’ve said, I take responsibility for that.”
“It was a further learning curve for me, and I’ll be a better manager for it.”