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Stafford Rangers boss criticises sloppy squad

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

By Dave McLean

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ON an afternoon when Stafford Rangers’ survival hopes suffered another major setback, manager Graham Heathcote gave one of his most honest assessments of the club’s current situation.

After the 2-0 away defeat at Stamford left the Marston Road outfit deep in the relegation mire, the boss said: “Basic, elementary defending, such as marking, cost us. They (Stamford) didn’t have to do a thing after going two goals up.

“We didn’t play badly, but we conceded two atrocious goals. This league is all about being solid at the back, but we were not solid enough. I was also disappointed with our attacking play today.”

The defeat leaves Rangers third from bottom in the Evo Stik Premier, some 14 points off safety with only 11 games to play, and Heathcote said: “It’s all about what you put into it.

“I need to get a better attitude towards the week and how we prepare for a game and to training. We have too many excuses to training.

“Our attitude towards a game has to be more professional but it’s going to take time to do that. I’ve been quite astonished in the six or seven weeks I’ve been here. A lot of hard work has to be put into becoming a professional side – and it will change!”

Heathcote added: “Sloppiness has ruled here and the club has big decisions to its safety and the future going forward.

“It may be time to look at the young lads at the club, I know they will be totally honest and show their endeavour.”

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