Abbo on “frustrating” day at the office

Hinckley AFC manager Carl Abbott said he was frustrated with his side’s 1-1 draw at Studley on Saturday.

The former Wolves Casuals boss saw his hit the woodwork four times as his side dropped points in the league for just the second time since the end of January.

In the end, they had to settle for a point through Javia Roberts’ goal and Abbott said he felt his side should have won the game. He said: “We deserved to win the game and we should have won the game.

“We’ve hit the post and the crossbar four times and their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves so it just wasn’t to be today.

“I wouldn’t say it was a great performance. It was a little bit stop-start. They were a bit negative in their approach to the game in terms of breaking down phases of play, getting bodies behind the ball and timewasting.

“Consequently I don’t think we were at our best. The pitch was very dry and bumpy so that was difficult but still we’re dominating possession and had lots of chances.

“We should really have won the game so it’s a little disappointing to come away with a point.”

Hinckley changed their system during the first half to try and combat Studley’s style of play, but at times that left the side lacking width in the second half while trying to break the hosts down.

Abbott felt that was down to his side not being at their best in the middle of the park.

“We started the game 4-3-3 but the way they were sitting off us and letting us have the ball, we were getting joy in behind the centre halves so we thought we’d be better served with another body up front alongside Sam Agar.

“After we scored the equaliser we went back to the diamond and in the diamond we don’t lack width because we expect our full backs to get forward.

“In order to do that we have to keep the ball in the middle before introducing the full backs down the side so I think that (the lack of width) is perhaps down to us not having a fantastic day at the office in terms of our approach play.”

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