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MANAGER’S THOUGHTS: Bren Kelly’s reflections on Needham Market defeat

Following Saturday’s 1-0 league defeat to Needham Market, manager Bren Kelly spoke to the club’s media team.

Reflecting on the game, Bren commented: “I thought we did enough in the first half to be at least two goals ahead, but we were not clinical enough in front of goal, which is disappointing because I felt our general play was good and I cannott remember Tony making many saves, if any in fact.

“Second half we came out and, again, I thought we started well for 10 minutes, but then got sloppy and reckless with our game.

“Bad decisions and a huge lack of concentration on our part gifted them a goal; overall I feel we have, yet again, gifted another team a goal and I think we beat ourselves.”

Talking about the news of defender Tom Taylor choosing to leave the club, Bren commented: “His departure has surprised me. However, he stated he will struggle to commit to the squad.

“He said he needed time off but I understand he has signed for a side on his doorstep, with a lot less commitment. It’s a shame, but we wish him well.”

Bren also had a few words to say regarding midfielder John Pykett, who said farewell to Sporting before moving to Australia: “He’s a brilliant man, with character and honesty flowing through his veins.

“He has been a big part of the club’s progression; never a bit of trouble, never missed training, always available, always reliable and I wish him every success in his move Down Under.”

He also looked ahead to Tuesday’s Southern League Cup game versus Bedworth United: “On Tuesday, we need to get our tails up again and to do that, we need to work hard and win the game.

“This run of games without a win at home is hurting me and it must stop.”

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