Date: 27th April 2014 at 4:11pm
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Manager Neal Ardley has admitted that this week has been flat in training following on from the concerns we now have having fielded an ineligible Jake Nicholson earlier in the season in the victory over Cheltenham Town.

Speaking to the Official Site following on from the three nil loss to Morecambe yesterday, the gaffer admitted that having known about the issue for a while the coaching staff had been pushing the players hard to try and get us over the line, but with them finding out last week having thought we were now safe, the players were obviously despondent and couldn’t quite lift themselves as they had done in previous games.

‘It’s flat ending to a season and it sums up our whole campaign. I know what we have to address and we have to do better next season. We will start getting to work on that. I desperately wanted us to go out on a high, we tried to play attacking and really go for it with the three centre forwards and Chris Arthur at left back. We’ve not given the fans enough at home this season.’

With off the pitch issues really at the fore at the moment, Ardley admits it has been a strange week overall, and the season has been very draining, made only worse by the Nicholson issue and having admitted how draining he had found it – especially keeping it from the players for so long – he accepts he probably maybe underestimated how much of an effect it had on them following the Plymouth victory because he describes our second half performance as being very ‘drained’ but he obviously had to give credit to Morecambe for how they performed on the day.

Given the players some credit over the Nicholson problem though, Ardley was quick to say that a similar performance against Accrington Stanley next weekend would not be tolerated though, and he called on us to perform more like we did in the 30 minute spell in the game where he thought we would be the team to go on and get the win, because he knows if we had got the goal at that point the game might have turned out differently for us.

‘For 30 minutes it looked like Morecambe were hanging on and if we got one goal it would be a case of how many, but we did not take our chances. That put pressure on us and we conceded two absolute car crash goals. That killed the game. I’ve told the players that they have to be ready for a tough week. I will not tolerate another limp performance like that.’

Finishing the interview, he says that we’ll go to Accrington looking to win the game and he wants a good performance, and the players will be acutely aware of his demands for that match.

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