Mar 26 2009 by Philip Kirkbride, Crosby Herald
MARINE manager Alvin McDonald has told the fans - ‘We owe you a win’.
The Mariners have only won twice in the last nine outings at the Arriva Stadium with the boss now demanding an end to the poor run .
McDonald says it is time his side put the Whites’ supporters out of their misery and secure a much needed three points in front of a bumper crowd on Saturday.
FC United of Manchester are the visitors to Crosby this weekend and McDonald is relishing planning his squad’s revival against the play-off contenders following a disappointing trip to Boston last Saturday.
He said: “I am looking forward to Saturday, it will be nice to have a decent sized crowd at the ground and if the band in the corner are making some noise then it should be a great atmosphere. I do not think it will be long before we get a win at home, we owe everyone a win because we have only had one since early December - it is time we repaid the faithful fans.
“We certainly should not have got beat at Boston, we should have come back with something. We made a great start and looked in control, there was no real threat from them, just we could not defend a simple free-kick. At 1-1 they had a little bit of a go for 10 minutes and Sean Lake has made a couple of saves from headers.
“After half-time we were back on top and had chances to go in front but again after another free-kick, which we could not defend, we find ourselves 2-1 down - I am just so disappointed.
“But there has been a turn around in attitude and we did not lose the last game because of a lack of commitment - we are just in a rut and can’t get ourselves out of it.”
Though Marine find themselves on a seven game losing streak, McDonald will be hoping the signing of defender Tony Davies will help stop the rot. Likewise, the emergence of youth products Joe Doyle and Peter McShane to the first team has filled the Mariners’ boss with optimism for the remainder of this season and for the future.
However a player McDonald earmarked for the 2009/10 campaign, Liam Kennedy has rejoined Prescot Cables - a move which disappointed the manager.
He added: “Tony eventually signed from Denby Town for us after we managed to get through the red tape of international clearance. He signed on Friday and got on for the last 25 minutes on Saturday, he is a big, strong lad and will hopefully add something to us.
“I was pleased for Joe getting his first goal on Saturday, he has a great attitude and him and Peter McShane are doing fine at the moment. They do not have much experience but are not letting anyone down.”