Neil Marshall column: “The play-offs had been the target...but it’s a big ask now”

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It’s disappointing to see our unbeaten start to the year come to an end but we didn’t play to our normal standard.

Since the turn of the year we’ve been playing well and getting good results but we just weren’t up to it on Saturday.

It was a bad result, a bad performance and just a bad day all round really.

To be fair they’re not a bad side and their league position doesn’t do them justice. I think they’ve won three on the trot at home now and they’ve got some experienced players.

But we can’t be making any excuses, we just didn’t perform.

We’ve got a chance to bounce back at Prescot this Saturday though.

We played them a couple of weeks ago, it was a physical game and they probably have the worst pitch in the league. We’ve just got to match them physically and hopefully our football will shine through and we’ll get the three points.

I thought the play-off talk got a bit carried away but we were winning and if we’d have kept the run going you never know where you’ll end up.

There’s some big games coming up in March but we’ve just got to take one game at a time and keep trying to get a few results.

We’ll only know in a month’s time when teams have caught up in terms of games where we really are in the league but there’s no real aim.

The play-offs had been the target but we just need to keep getting points as there always seems to be one team who sneaks in, but it will be a big ask now.

It was good to see Darren Green turn down the advances of Kendal last week.

I’m not surprised he’s decided to stay with us because his good run of form has coincided with ours. When he’s on his game he is more or less unplayable so I’m not surprised teams are looking at him.

Thankfully he’s decided to stay with us for the time being.

He holds the ball well, has got good vision and has scored some great goals.