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Blyth boss makes no case for defence.

Blyth Spartans ...................................... 7 Ossett Albion ......................................... 1 BLYTH Spartans boss Mick Tait was pleased with the team's progress into the FA Cup Third qualifying round - but was unimpressed with some of his side's defending against Ossett Albion, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Although Spartans were convincing winners in the end against an Ossett side reduced to 10 men in the second half, Tait is trying to hammer home the message to his players that they cannot expect to have any success this season if they continue to defend as badly as they did against the minnows from Yorkshire.

He said: "It was not an all-round great showing. I said to the players afterwards to enjoy their win, which was deserved in the end, but we did not do everything as well as I had hoped.

"We are not defending well as a team, and to compete this season we will need to improve certain aspects of our game and that is one of them."

Despite racking up seven goals of their own, Tait was more concerned with the goal they conceded, as well as the fact goalkeeper Craig Turns was far busier than his manager would have liked.

Tait added: "We should have cleared the ball several times before it finally went in.

"We need more desire in there to grab these situations and deal with them, everyone seems to have been waiting for someone else to take charge and deal with the pressure.

"Defending is an aspect of our play we can only put right by harder work.

"Their goal came at a stage of the game where they could have gone on and pegged us back."

Tait is also trying to cajole the best out of mercurial striker Robbie Dale, and admitted the two had not seen eye to eye over the decision to name him as a substitute after a poor performance the previous weekend.

Dale, though, transformed Blyth's fortunes when he came off the bench and Tait hopes his omission will spark him into life this season.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2009
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