Abbo on Racers Defeat

Abbo on Racers Defeat

Hinckley AFC manager Carl Abbott said his side were ‘ordinary’ in their 1-0 defeat by Racing Club Warwick yesterday.

The match at St John’s Park was a tale of two penalties: Chris Dusabe tapping home the rebound following Tom Cross’ save from his spot kick, after Marco Adaggio had earlier seen his effort from twelve yards saved by Josh Banks.

And the former Wolves Casuals boss acknowledged his side weren’t at the races. He said: ‘It was a bad result. It wasn’t a vintage performance from us by any means. We were ordinary is a fair assessment really.

‘I think they had limited opportunities. When we got around their goal we didn’t punish them: we missed the penalty and then a really bad error of judgement to concede the penalty has put us in a really bad position in the game.

‘(We were) not able to pull something out of the fire today and it’s a really bad result for us.’

Abbott was forced into making five changes from the side that beat Leicester Road last week as injuries continue to add up in his squad. He believes the lack of continuity in the starting eleven could be part of the reason behind his side’s inconsistency of late.

‘It’s been a difficult patch and continues to be a difficult patch with people being unavailable and injured. We’ve started by losing Kristian (Ramsey-Dickson) and now Alex Penny, who’s looked so impressive, is out for a little bit with a hamstring strain.

‘We’ve had to bring in Sam Brooks so we’ve got new partnerships forming.

‘We have JJ back in the middle of the park and looking great, but we’ve had to play him at right back today because Marcus Jackson’s unavailable so we’ve lost consistency.

‘But that doesn’t escape the fact that there are still very good players on the pitch and we should be getting better results than that.

‘We’ve just said to the guys that it’s a tale of the two penalty areas. We’ve not punished them when we’ve had opportunities afforded to us, and then we’ve made bad decisions in our box and conceded a penalty from which they’ve scored the goal.

‘We’ve had a couple of chances where we possibly could have done better. We weren’t clinical enough, weren’t ruthless enough and it’s a tough one to take today.’