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Margate manager Jay Saunders running out of patience after defensive errors in draw at Bishop's Stortford

Jay Saunders is considering changes after Margate once again showed two sides to their game at Bishop’s Stortford.

They led through Dulwich loanee Kieran Monlouis after a sparkling first half but lost their way after the break.

Margate boss Jay Saunders Picture: Don Walker
Margate boss Jay Saunders Picture: Don Walker

Mark Haines levelled from a corner and while Adem Ramadan appeared to have won it for Margate with four minutes left, Shomari Barnwell made it 2-2 straight from the restart.

Both Stortford goals were poor and Saunders’ patience is wearing thin.

He said: “The first half was the best we’ve played for weeks.

“The only reason it wasn’t 10/10 was because we didn’t take our chances.

“We went from that to looking a different side in the second half.

“To be fair, Bishop’s Stortford deserved to get back in the game.

“They didn’t do anything spectacular, just the basics, and we let in a crap goal from a corner.

“Adem makes it 2-1 with a fantastic goal and you’re thinking we’re going to see it out but two seconds later our centre-half doesn’t head the ball and they go and score. That’s us all over.

“We get things wrong as a management team but sometimes the players need to look at themselves.

“A centre-half’s bread and butter is to head and kick the ball.

“We’ve had two clean sheets all season and when you look at any successful side, they’re always defensively solid.

“I keep giving people the benefit of the doubt but when the same mistakes keep happening, you have to question why that is.

“I’m patient but sooner or later you have to say it’s not working and look at other options.

“People have had more than enough opportunities.

“I sound like a broken record but we are so inconsistent.

“We went to Horsham when they were top of the league and beat them 3-0, which was our most complete performance of the season.

“We beat Concord from the league above, and had great results at Salisbury and Bognor, so we are capable of doing it.

“Good sides will consistently perform. We get performances where we’re 10/10 or 8/10 and the next we’re 3/10. You can’t have that.”

Swift is back from a hamstring injury and could feature in a rearranged Velocity Trophy tie at Wingate & Finchley tonight but Jack Richards has been ruled out for six weeks with a groin problem.

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