Neil Marshall column: After good start – that was very frustrating

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We went from a good start last week to a relatively bad couple of games this week.

On Saturday, to put it politely, Padiham parked the bus and we couldn’t get the breakthrough and it ended 0-0.

I don’t think I’ve ever played in a game where we’ve had so much possession away from home.

This was obviously their game plan and it was up to us to try and breach their defences.

But we couldn’t, so it was very much a learning curve for us and something we need to work on as I can see a few teams trying to do that to us this season.

The fact that the staff and players were downbeat in the dressing room afterwards shows how far we’ve come over the past 10 weeks and what are expectations are now.

Back at home against Burscough on Bank Holiday Monday we were looking for a good three points but unfortunately that didn’t materialise either.

I must admit I felt very heavy legged during the game.

With the boiling weather and two games in three days it just caught up with us a little bit.

This isn’t an excuse though as it was the same for them and to be honest, we never reached the standards we know we’re capable of.

We had started with an early goal when Killer (Tom Kilifin) tapped in after five minutes and we should have pushed on after going in front.

But that didn’t happen and we slowly let them back into the game.

They equalised midway through the second half and from then on they looked the more likely to get a winner.

While we didn’t lose the game, this might come as a much-needed wake-up call.

We’ve got to realise that teams aren’t just going to roll over and we’ve got to do everything we can to get the results we want.

This weekend we travel to Farsley in the FA Cup and I am expecting a reaction from the lads with a decent performance and a positive result.