Sunday, August 20, 2006

We Bottled It!

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usSource: Burnley Express
BLUES assistant boss Gary Bradshaw can't accept Wednesday's performance at FC United.
The Blues crashed to a 6-0 defeat, in what was their first away game of the new season.
And Bradshaw pointed the finger squarely at the players, admitting a large portion of them bottled it.
He blasted: "It was a big disappointment.
"The way the lads stepped up to the plate on Saturday (against Newcastle) was commendable.
"But on Wednesday, they didn't, and a big percentage of the team bottled it.
"That tag doesn't apply to everyone, but a lot of them did and a lot of them let the side down.
"The first 15 minutes we gave a really good account of ourselves, and we put them on the back foot.
"But once the first goal goes in that was it, they didn't want to know."
He added: "I think we were more disappointed with the performance than anything else.
"If you turn up and get beat, but give it your all, you don't mind so much because there was nothing more you could have done.
"You hold your hands up and accept it, but Wednesday night we can't accept.
"You can't completely fold just 15 minutes into a game, if you do that all season you're only going one way.
"And we will be looking for a response this weekend for the lads to stand up and be counted.
"From now on, we will see which players are up to the task, and which aren't.
"We hope it doesn't dent our confidence, but we want them to get back to what they were doing on Saturday.
"That is the most galling thing, they did so well on Saturday and they really showed Newcastle what they were made of."
That midweek performance came after the Blues gave an excellent account of themselves in the goalless draw with Newcastle Town on Saturday.
And Bradshaw wants a repeat of that when Nelson travel to face Northern Counties East Premier Division side Liversedge in the FA Cup tomorrow (kick-off 3 p.m.).
He said: "It will take the pressure of the league off, but there shouldn't really be any pressure at this stage.
"We obviously want to progress in the competition, not only for confidence but for the prize money.
"But it is a chance for players to stake a claim for a shirt, and step up to the plate.
"From what I have seen of Liversedge they are a strong side, and from an equivalent level of football to us. It will be a hard game, but every game will be at this level of football."
Nelson follow that with a home game against neighbours Colne on Wednesday (kick-off 7-45 p.m.).