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Welling manager Jamie Coyle on 3-3 draw against Bognor Regis

By Matthew Panting

Welling boss blasted his team’s ‘Sunday League’ defending after they dropped two points at home to Bognor on Saturday.

The Wings gifted three goals to the visitors and missed a hatful of chances at the other end to end up with a 3-3 draw.

Coyle fumed: “Defensively the goals we conceded were appalling – it was Sunday League.

Welling manager Jamie Coyle. Picture: Dave Budden
Welling manager Jamie Coyle. Picture: Dave Budden

“The boys know that, there’s no rocket science here. If you break the goals down and watch them back they are embarrassing.

“You shouldn’t have to score four goals at home to win a game of football.

“It’s so frustrating if you look at the goals, you won’t see them on a Sunday League pitch. We’ve got to cut them out and be more resilient.

“We’ve gone from reducing a side like Chelmsford to (next to) no chances in 90 minutes to looking really open. I’ll have to look at the video back because the experience we’ve got in our back line, we’ve got to defend better.

“It has to be concentration and positioning. We’ve got players who have played in this league and above, and they need to be a bit more responsible for their own roles.

“It’s so naive the way we were defending at times.”

On the positive front, Coyle was delighted with his team’s attacking play as they created a host of openings.

“We’ve created enough chances to win four or five games” said player/boss Coyle, who took his personal tally to three for the season with a thumping first-half header.

“It’s been my biggest concern all pre-season that we haven’t created enough in the final third. But we looked a real threat.

“We had a couple of penalty decisions (turned down) and a few cleared off the line and I said to the boys that we’ve got to keep believing.

“I can’t fault their work rate and sooner or later our luck’s got to change and we’ll turn it around.

“We constantly asked questions, we got loads of balls in the box and out wide. On another day we could have scored six, seven or eight goals and that’s not exaggerating.

“Even their manager came up and said I can’t believe you haven’t won that comfortably. Unfortunately that’s the story of our season so far but we’ve got to stick together.

“It’s not going in at the moment and we’re not getting the rub of the green. We’re doing all the right things, the positives are we’re a threat going forward.”

Read the match report from Welling's 3-3 draw against Bognor here

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