It was two points dropped - Castle
STEVE Castle believes that Saturday s result was a case of two points dropped rather than a point gained. City played extremely well against Weston-super-Mare and deservedly led 1-0 at the break only for the home side to peg them back early in the second
STEVE Castle believes that Saturday's result was a case of two points dropped rather than a point gained.
City played extremely well against Weston-super-Mare and deservedly led 1-0 at the break only for the home side to peg them back early in the second half.
Speaking after the game Castle said: "I would say it's two points lost. Really, if I'm honest it's our season long problem of not killing games off and not taking chances when they arise.
"We needed that second goal. I'm pleased with the attitude, we've had an awful lot of knocks as a team and as individuals and we are a little bit bare bones."
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Castle was pleased with the amount of chances his side are creating but admits he would like to see them create more.
"We gradually pushed and we got ourselves in front with a great ball and it could have been replicated. It was that inability to kill the game off. We haven't scored a lot of goals, with the exception of Eastleigh, but I thought we created a reasonable amount of chances for an away team."
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Castle feels that there was a possibility that Weston's equaliser was offside but conceded that his side never got to grips with substitute Marc McGregor.
"From where I was it did look like it [was offside], but lets give them some credit, they changed it at half time because they probably had to and the substitute McGregor did well and was a bit of a hand full and we didn't really contend with him in the second half."
The City boss paid tribute to Adam Everitt after he gave a commanding performance at centre half and scored his first goal for the club.
"I can see why he is Hayes & Yeading's player of the season from a few years back. He's a supporters dream, and he's a manager's dream in as much as you will get 100 per cent from him. I've put him back to centre back from midfield and you've also got the left back position as well and unfortunately he's been on the reverse of a few results that don't justify his 100 per cent performances. So for him just as much as the rest of the lads I'm pleased for him that we've taken something from this."
Saturday's draw stopped an unwanted run of four straight defeats but City are still without a win since November 8 and Castle says that it's something that he is aware of.
"I'm trying to take positives out of things but I am aware of it and it's certainly not a good stat. It's a case of if we want to get back in to a position we want to be we've got to start winning these games. The commitment is there and the attitude is there. We've just got to have faith that people like Gary Cohen and Paul Hakim are putting these balls in the back of the net more often than not."
The pitch was subject to an early morning inspection on Saturday and the City boss believes it wasn't the greatest surface to play on.
"It wasn't a pitch to be playing flowing football on. We adjusted to it reasonably well. We probably adjusted to it better first half than we did second half and where they went a bit more direct they were definitely superior on a tricky pitch more so than we were second half. I'd say it was an even game."
The staff on the Weston-super-Mare bench were told to calm down by the referee after confronting Scott Cousins, but Castle believes it was little more than a 'storm in a teacup'.
"I think one of their bench got a little irate. Scott Cousins head butting anyone? He can't head a ball let alone head butt someone so I know that wasn't the case.
"I think it was bit of a storm in a teacup, we've had a little bit afterwards but I think boys will be boys.