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FOOTBALL - Redditch United drop out of play-off places after Easter defeats

Redditch Editorial 2nd Apr, 2024 Updated: 4th Apr, 2024   0

REDDITCH United dropped out of the play-off places following Easter defeats against Stourbridge and AFC Telford United.

The Reds have now failed to score in each of their last six league matches after losing 1-0 at home to Stourbridge on Easter Monday and 3-0 at Telford on Good Friday.

And the results mean Redditch sit sixth in the Southern League Premier Central table, three points outside of the play-off places, ahead of a crunch clash with Stratford Town this weekend.

First team coach Ryan Conneely said: “It’s extremely disappointing, we’ve had six games with no goals, it’s very concerning, you can’t feel sorry for yourself, you have to take full control and responsibility for it.

“As a management team and coaching staff we have to find the solution and then it’s down to the players to put the ball in the back of the net.

“You’re crying out for a ball to hit somebody and go in the net, it might then lead to more goals, you can tell some of our players are lacking confidence to not get shots off in good areas.

“The league table doesn’t lie, we have to go there [to Stratford] and win the game, something does need to change, we need to get back to our levels and start to control games more.

“We’ve got four games left, it’s well and truly in our hands still, it just takes that one win and one goal then it’s game on again.”

Defender Calum Flanagan added: “We’re in a difficult place, confidence wise, when you’re in those spells every mistakes seems to be capitalised on by the opponents.

“We never really looked like scoring, that’s a concern we need to address as a group, it’s been like that for five or six games.

“It’s easy to isolate the results over the last six weeks and think there’s been a huge change, we’ve played a similar way in terms of performances, when you’re in good form you find a way to win those games.

“When you’re at the other end of the scale, it’s highlighting that performances need to change, we need to take more risks and try and commit people forward to score goals.

“It’s about going back to what made us successful earlier in the season when we were putting in good performances, if we put four good performances in that’s what will trigger the results.”

At the Valley Stadium against Stourbridge the visitors scored the game’s only goal after just four minutes when Kian Ryley lifted the ball over Adam Harrison in the Redditch goal while the home side had Morgan Owen sent off late on.

That came after the Reds lost by three goals at New Bucks Head as Montel Gibson’s header opened the scoring before Matty Stenson and Remi Walker sealed the points for the home side.

Redditch are next in action away at Stratford Town on Saturday, April 6 with kick-off at 3pm at the Arden Garages Stadium.


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