Thomas Baillie: Tamworth need to find ‘missing spark’ to stop poor run of form

Thomas Baillie (Credit: Lambs Media)

Thomas Baillie says Tamworth desperately need to rediscover their ‘missing spark’ as they suffered a second league defeat in five days at the hands of Needham Market. 

Despite large spells of dominance, the Lambs’ recent form went from bad to worse as Callum Page sealed a one-goal win for the Marketmen. 

Tamworth created chances through Jack Concannon and Alex Jones before the latter was sent off late on. 

Baillie was left scratching his head, admitting he felt Tamworth did enough to win the game. 

He said: “We had plenty of chances to win the game. They had one chance where they produced a bit of magic and scored. 

“The players over the last six weeks have done everything and they are working their socks off. The problems we’ve had over the last couple of weeks isn’t down to one player or players. 

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“We tried a new formation today because realistically, over the last six weeks, we haven’t done enough in the final third. 

“But the players are doing everything they can. Now it is up to us to find the missing piece of the jigsaw. 

“We’ve got to find what the missing spark is at the moment because it’s been missing for the past six weeks.” 

Concannon was busy in the early stages and crossed to Jones to force a smart save from Marcus Garnham before his close-range shot was blocked moments later. 

Concannon himself then threatened. But his driven shot flashed just wide of the upright as the Lambs started the brighter of the two sides. 

For all their dominance, the Lambs couldn’t quite muster a breakthrough. On 22 minutes, Needham Market were ruthless in their response as Page controlled well and slammed home a left-footed shot from the edge of the box to put the hosts ahead. 

Jas Singh was kept on his toes from range by Tom Fitzgerald for the hosts before Tyrell Waite was upended by Garnham in the area. Instead of a penalty, the Lambs striker was booked for diving. 

Jones went close again for Tamworth as they cranked things up a gear before the break, but Hans Mpongo fired another warning shot straight back at them. 

Garnham was forced into action by Jones straight after the break and did well to deny him to his right.  

Needham almost doubled their lead on 55 minutes when Noah Collard rattled the underside of the bar, but the Lambs survived to clear the loose ball. 

Collard fired over from range just after the hour mark as the hosts continued to frustrate Tamworth who threatened from a free kick courtesy of substitute Shaq McDonald. 

An uphill task was made even harder for Tamworth as Jones was shown a red card for using abusive language towards the referee. 

Collard and Page linked up to force Singh into a save late on before Lucas Yeomans tried a dink over Garnham. But the onrushing keeper was equal to the effort to condemn Tamworth to a second straight defeat. 

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