Castle: We need to look at ourselves
PUBLISHED: 11:32 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010
Steve Castle was frustrated after seeing his team play with one hand tied behind our backs on Saturday after they gifted Bath City a goal after only 23 seconds. The defeat sees St Albans slip even further behind the pack chasing the play-offs and Castle
Steve Castle was frustrated after seeing his team play 'with one hand tied behind our backs' on Saturday after they gifted Bath City a goal after only 23 seconds.
The defeat sees St Albans slip even further behind the pack chasing the play-offs and Castle says his side need to take a long hard look at themselves.
"We need to have a serious look at ourselves, maybe our formation, and get some more bodies in the box. [We need to] Stop giving silly goals away as that was like trying to play a game of football with one hand tied behind our back because we've given them that one goal lead very early on."
The City boss says Adam Everitt can't be blamed for the own goal which was the difference between the two sides and he wants some of the other players to match Everitt's commitment.
"He knew nothing about it and you know Adam, I think we all agree, he gives us 100 per cent. At this moment in time I think there are a few lads really we've got to get to the stage where we're rolling our sleeves up, working for each other and believing in each other and hard work will hopefully turn things around."
Castle questioned Bath City's gamesmanship, which nearly saw Ben Martin head for an early bath, and suggested his side maybe need to become more streetwise to it.
"I don't think Ben crosses the line too often. He's a strong player, he gives his fair share of fouls away but he believed they weren't fouls. I thought they went down a bit too easy which made it harder and there was a little bit of gamesmanship here. It's not the first time we've encountered gamesmanship and we're not good at it. I don't know whether we can have a training session on gamesmanship and learning how to dive properly and squeal properly but that's not what I'm about and hopefully the supporters don't want to see us go down that road."
Ben Martin and James Fisher both picked up their fifth bookings of the season meaning they will miss AFC Wimbledon's visit to Clarence Park with Castle suggesting he may have to make additions to his squad to cover.
"With the situation as it is, we're probably looking at a few work experiences and a few loans and maybe we will beg, borrow and steal somewhere. That's the nature of it.