ALCESTER Town player-manager Danny Janes says his side need to be more ruthless to turn chances into goals.
Janes felt a point at high-flying Shipston Excelsior in last weekend’s Midland League Division Three contest was well deserved.
Matt Layton steered home a Sam Goodhall shot to give Alcester the lead but when a cross hit Janes’ arm the referee signalled penalty and Jake Harris netted the equaliser.
With new midfielder Danny Byford impressing and Josh Moore causing problems upfront, Alcester might have grabbed a winner though at the other end Janes’ goalline clearance denied Shipston.
Janes was delighted with his side’s defensive fortitude but rued the missed opportunities.
“Our focus for the game was around implementing what we have been so good at this season – defending,” he said.
“We knew that if we allowed Shipston chances they would punish us and we would find it difficult. We did our defensive duties superbly.
“We also looked dangerous every time we went forward, but we were guilty of missed chances and not finding that final ball.
“In terms of chances created I felt we did enough to win the game.
“However, Shipston played some good football and had a lot of possession at times. I was really happy with the way that we defended as a team.”
Janes was equally pleased with the debut of Byford.
“I thought he was the best player on the pitch,” he said.
“I have known Danny along time in football, he has fantastic ability.
“He ran the game from start to finish, everything was going through him and I thought he was going to be our match winner.
“I was also delighted with Ryan Watson, they worked really hard against the three of Shipston and were both excellent in possession.”
Alcester have no game this weekend and return to action next Saturday (Feb 25) with a trip to Moors Academy.