HURT and embarrassed by yet another defeat, Tommy Cassidy didn’t get much sleep on Saturday night.
But the Blyth Spartans manager insists he won’t give up hope of a great escape, and says his players must fight on, for pride at least.
The Croft Park club are bottom of Blue Square Bet North, 14 points from a position of safety after losing 2-1 at Worcester City. Matt Birley and Michael Taylor scored the hosts’ goals, Joe Kendrick Blyth’s.
Unacceptable, Cassidy called some of it. To compound matters, three of the four clubs immediately above Spartans claimed points on Saturday, Eastwood Town and Bishop’s Stortford winning, and Vauxhall Motors earning a draw.
But accepting responsibility, whilst requesting his players do likewise, Cassidy said: “Results haven’t gone for us, but that doesn’t matter. It’s all about us.
“We won’t give up, we’ve got to look to the next game, and next season. We’re still fighting, and playing for pride.
“What else can we do? I’m hurting, it’s embarrassing. I’m the manager and the buck stops with me. It’s my responsibility, but the players have to accept responsibility as well. I won’t sleep tonight, so I hope the players are hurting too.
“Worcester City are an average, mediocre, mid-table team. But they were better than us by a country mile.
“That’s not acceptable and I’m so disappointed by our performance
“They scored a scrappy goal and I had a bit of a go at my players at half-time, told them to tighten up.
“But three or four minutes into the second half we gave away the stupidest of goals, and it was always going to be hard to come back from that. Joe Kendrick scored a good free-kick and we did a bit better, but it’s not enough.
“I can’t keep going into the dressing room not knowing what to expect of my players. I’d love to bring a few new faces in but it’s so hard to get good players at this time of year.
“All we can do is keep plugging away, knuckle down in training on Tuesday and hope it pays off in our next game.”
He added: “Whitby Town were in a similar position when I took over there, and I kept them up. This is probably harder, as I’ve only been here a couple of months. But we won’t give up hope.”
WORCESTER CITY: Sargeant; Weir, Deeney, Thorley, Rowe, Elvins, Matt Birley, O’Connor, Symons, Taylor (Edwards 79), Mills (Carey-Bertram 79). Subs (not used): Green, Clarke, Ayres.
Goals: Matt Birley 40, Taylor 50.
BLYTH SPARTANS: Birdsall; Slaughter, Kendrick, Anzevui (Hodgson 58), Buchanan, Jones, Utterson (Mason 46), Hooks, Armstrong, Taylor (Bannister 58), Cave. Subs (not used): Knight.
Goals: Kendrick 78.