Castle: We didn't turn up

PUBLISHED: 10:14 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

Steve Castle

Steve Castle

CITY boss Steve Castle admits his side are going to have to do it the hard way as they look to end a run of seven league games without a win. Castle was frustrated with his team s performance in their defeat at home to Bromley on Saturday. We ve just g

CITY boss Steve Castle admits his side are going to have to do it "the hard way" as they look to end a run of seven league games without a win.

Castle was frustrated with his team's performance in their defeat at home to Bromley on Saturday.

"We've just got to take it on the chin" said Castle. "It's frustrating, we've got good players there that just didn't turn up for whatever reason and the preparation was first class which makes it even more frustrating. The great training sessions we had were really buzzing and fitness levels were high but some just didn't turn up."

Castle said that although it was disappointing, people shouldn't get too down. "There are still 57 points left to play for. Let's not get too down in the dumps. I would probably look objectively. We haven't had too many bad days. We've competed, we've lost games. We've lost games and we've played well. We've lost games and we haven't played well but the games we've lost and we haven't played well I could probably count on one hand."

The City boss was extremely unhappy with the nature of Bromley's goals, with the previously reliable defence now conceding on a more regular basis. "I take that from probably having one of the best defensive records in some years we've completely blown that apart. It's completely naïve defending. All their goals stem from us being indifferent and bad play.

"They're really unforced errors and they're good players and you wouldn't really expect them to [make these mistakes]. I can't even make any excuses for them if I'm honest. In my opinion we started to play in the game at about 3.40. For the first forty minutes it was a complete waste of time."

Danny Charge made his debut for City on Saturday and immediately made an impact scoring City's fourth goal and Castle believes the deal could work well for both parties.

"Danny's come over for a month, he's scored a few goals at Potters Bar and he's come on a recommendation and we'll see how it goes. He's a young lad who's got plenty of enthusiasm and obviously if he can stamp his authority and get a few goals here then it's good for his career as well as us."

Castle also praised Chris Seeby and said his withdrawal on Saturday was to give him a rest after such a long time on the sidelines: "Chris has done absolutely superb to come back as quick as he has and as fit as he has and the reasons for me bringing him off was not so much for his performance as that it's just levelling out for him. That's no detriment to him because for as long as he has been out that is a remarkable comeback that he's done so far."

Castle was pleased that the team's set-play routines worked well but said Ben Martin's hat trick was little consolation following the defeat. "I wish we'd have levelled that out a bit. Now we've lost we could have had a couple of games with Benny scoring and we could have won a few. It's good, he attacked the ball well, we mentioned that before the game and that's great on his part it's just very little consolation once you've lost a game."

City travel to playoff contenders Bath City on Saturday which Castle says will be a tough game. "Bath City will be another tough one and we'll do it the hard way and we'll crack on from there.


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