‘The boys know they are better than the second half showing’ – Smith tips players to bounce back quickly

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Defiant Tamworth manager Gary Smith says his players are already determined to bounce back after their opening day defeat to Royston Town.

The Lambs went down to fellow promotion hopefuls Royston on Saturday in a game that saw Tom Ward sent off and Ryan Beswick miss a late penalty.

Smith has already stated he feels the first game won’t make or break their season.

And after admitting it could have gone either way based on the first half – Smith admits there was no defending their performance after the break.

“In the first half I thought we were as good as Royston. We matched them for tempo, for physicality, for effort and we tried to play the same way they did,” Smith said.

“Second half and told them [the players] don’t concede and when you concede the kinds of goals we conceded, you give yourself a mountain to climb.

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“Going down to ten men makes it even worse. Some of the decisions we weren’t happy with but that’s neither here nor there – it’s about what happens on the park.

“I’ve said it before, the first game of the season won’t win or lose us the league; we’ve still got 41 cup finals to go from here on in. We’ll just look to regroup and rectify it come Tuesday night.

“We’ll go through some of the stuff with Tom and Andy to make sure we don’t get the same kind of performance we did in the second half today.

“It was an even game of football in the first half and it could’ve gone either way. If those things go for you it changes the game completely.

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“We still can’t legislate for the goals we conceded in the second half, but we’ll put it right before Tuesday’s game.”

Games come thick and fast for Tamworth who face Coalville Town on Tuesday night.

And Smith feels the players are already raring to go.

“I believe I’ve already picked them up,” Smith said.

“It would have been easy for me to walk into the changing room and rant and rave but I didn’t because I don’t think I have to. The boys know they are better than the second half showing they’ve given us today.

“They want to rectify it so the mood is one of ‘don’t worry about it, we’ll put this right’. There’s been no harsh words said, we’re just going to put this one to bed and go again Tuesday.”

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