Meechan: We Must Learn Quickly

Avenue boss Alex Meechan says his side must learn from their 4-4 draw with Curzon Ashton.

Sanchez Payne rescued a point for Avenue in the 92nd minute, but Bradford had led 2-0 thanks to a brilliant start to the match, and Meechan said that was the aim.

“The first 20 minutes was exactly our game plan,” he stated.

“We’d worked on it and decided what we wanted to do, and going two-nil up it was a case of using our experience to finish the job.

“However we get into bad habits, we start doing things that are foreign to us, and their first goal changed the whole complex of the game.

“From around 25 minutes onwards, possession we became nervy and nowhere near what we are capable of.”

Meechan was happy with his side’s start to the game and the manner in which they scored all four goals, and he said that is just a sighter of what to expect from his side.

“The first 20 minutes showed what we can do and what this group has in them, but for some reason we just let that go.,” the Avenue head coach said.

“Curzon are clever, they get in behind and get men between midfield and defence and cause problems but you’ve got to stick to basics at times.

“To be honest I’m far from happy, but we’ve scored four goals which is a positive, four good goals, but we’ve conceded four really really soft goals.”

The new Avenue boss however was not happy with his side’s defending, but said they must learn before going on to face Nuneaton Town at the weekend.

“As a defensive unit, which does start from the front, we were nowhere near what we should be at this level,” Meechan claimed.

“But you can’t dwell on it. It’s two-and-a-half days until we play again, and it’s a good team we’re up against.

“So it’s all about trying to take the positive, we must learn quickly and going into the Nuneaton game with a better understanding and mindset.

“Every game is tough, there’s no gimmes in this league.

“But we’ve got to be more resilient and stronger, and we will get that.

“We just became too stretched and for 40 minutes they took the game to us, and for me, it was a good test of character and taught me a lot about my players.”

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