Lancaster boss Peacock: We need to stick together

Tom Kilifin battles for the ball on his return to the Lancaster City side  against Scarborough. Picture: Tony North
Tom Kilifin battles for the ball on his return to the Lancaster City side against Scarborough. Picture: Tony North

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is confident his side’s loosing run will be over sooner rather than later.

Ryan Williams’ late goal handed Scarborough Athletic a 2-1 win at Giant Axe on Saturday, City’s fifth straight defeat in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

Peacock next takes his 16th in the table side to bottom club Padiham on Saturday hoping their luck will change at the start of a busy Christmas period.

He said: “It (the run of defeats) would bother me more if we weren’t creating so many chances.

“You can’t dominate games like we have been doing and not win games. That’s got to change.

“There’s no excuses, but I do feel like we need a bit of luck.

“Some people are calling for different players but it’s all about what’s in the dressing room.

“We’ve got to pull together and have a bit of a siege mentality if we want to get on a winning run.”

Peacock insists he can pick up his players for what looks to be a tough task in East Lancashire.

He said: “I try and pick out facts and figures ahead of every game.

“If you look at Saturday they are bottom of the league and have conceded a lot of goals.

“That’s what we try and get into the lads to try and get their confidence up.

“But equally, they’ll be looking at us and saying ‘they’ve lost five on the spin and are there for the taking’.

“We need to get ourselves right defensively, not go out all guns blazing, and work our way into the game.

“It’s a chance for us to start the run going that I keep talking about, especially with the Christmas period coming up.”

The defeat against Scarborough was a tough one to take for the Dolly Blues.

Peacock said: “It sounds daft when you go behind inside the opening minute but I don’t think we started that badly.

“We just gave the ball away in midfield and were punished for it.

“We can’t keep letting it happen. Teams don’t give us the kind of space we’re giving them.

“We did well to get back into the game though and it was a fantastic strike from Sam Bailey.

“We had chances before that as well so it was disappointing and frustrating to lose it in the last minute.”

Trevor Sinclair is amongst a number of familiar names set to face Padiham Reserves at Giant Axe tonight, Thursday.

The assistant boss will play for City’s development side who are currently second in the Lancashire League.

Also slated to be included are Dan Birch, Rob Henry, the returning Josh Draycott, Simon Wearing and Tom Woods.

Entry on the night is £2 for adults and £1 for concessions and season ticket holders. Kick off is 7,45pm.