PREVIEW: Deeping Rangers v Kirby Muxloe
Michael Goode wants more consistency from Deeping Rangers to maintain their bid for a top-four finish.
They were disappointed to concede a stoppage-time equaliser in last weekend’s 4-4 draw away to relegation-threatened Sileby Rangers.
Deeping have only won one out of six games in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division since the new year.
Goode said: “We were very disappointed with the result overall simply because we had dominated for large periods of Saturday’s game.
“When you score four goals away from home, obviously you should be winning.
“Sileby have improved over recent weeks and we seem to be meeting these teams when they are on good form.
I don’t think we’ve had a break all season so hopefully we will come back focused on Saturday and ready to make things happen again.
“Although they are now third from bottom, Sileby had drawn away to third-placed Newport Pagnell Town so they had already claimed a good result before we went there.
“We scored in the first minute and had chances to kill the game off early on.
“Then we conceded a silly goal and panicked a bit as we went 2-1 down.
“We came out in the second half in the way we had started the game to go 3-2 up.
“Again we could have gone further in front. Although both Scotts (Mooney and Coupland) scored twice, they were guilty of missed chances along with a few others.
“If we had gone a couple of goals ahead then I’m sure we would have won the game.
“Instead of shutting up shop when we made it 4-3 on 89 minutes, we allowed them to get a point at the end.
“The way we conceded in the last minute was not what you would expect from a team who have generally done well for most of the season.
“At the moment we lack consistency at both ends of the pitch and we have dropped more points than we should have done.
“We have scored plenty of goals and dominated large periods of games but we have not taken enough chances at the right times.
“We were solid defensively at Leicester Nirvana and AFC Kempston Rovers.
“But in other games we have let ourselves down with silly goals, even when we were 4-0 up in the first half against Peterborough Northern Star and then conceded twice.”
Fourth-placed Deeping are back home on Saturday against Kirby Muxloe who are currently three positions and five points behind them with four games in hand.
Goode added: “We have given the squad this week off from training to refresh our minds.
“I don’t think we’ve had a break all season so hopefully we will come back focused on Saturday and ready to make things happen again.
“There is no question that we will continue to create chances.
“Ryan Semple is available to give us another attacking option.
“But we need to tighten up at the other end and go back to being consistent all over the pitch.
“We need to be compact and solid, not just in the back four. That also comes from the strikers working hard, our midfielders getting behind the ball and the defenders being more confident.
“We drew 0-0 at Kirby Muxloe at the end of October when we should have beaten them.
“We had a couple of ‘goals’ disallowed and we missed chances having dominated the second half.
“We can’t afford to lose on Saturday but we’re at home so we should be taking the game to them.
“Our form has been up and down since Christmas so those teams around seventh to ninth are catching up. We’ve got to pick up three points.”