ANDY WELSH says that he expects “a reaction” from his Ossett United players when they host Stocksbridge Park Steels to Ingfield tomorrow (Saturday).
United were defeated 4-1 at Wisbech Town last weekend, and sit 10th in the Evo-Stik East Division ahead of tomorrow’s clash.
The club haven’t lost two games in a row all season and manager Welsh is demanding another response from his players, although he won’t be underestimating Stocksbridge despite their lowly league position.
“I don’t think you can read too much into the league at all,” he said. “I think on any given day anyone can beat anyone at this level.
“It’s one of those games where we’re looking for a reaction from the players, and so far this season when we’ve looked for a reaction we’ve always got it, so I would expect the same on Saturday as well.
“I’d imagine all the players now will be looking over their shoulders in terms of whether they’re going to play or not and that’s the way it has to be, because certainly (for) myself and (assistant manager) Paul Quinn and the owners, it’s the first time that we’ve really started to look at it and say ‘right, we need more consistency’.
“If the players aren’t doing it, if the consistency levels aren’t there or they’re not working within the team framework and structure, then we have to look elsewhere.”
Welsh says that he learned a lot from the 3-1 friendly win over a Huddersfield Town XI on Monday night, and that some young players who featured in that game could be ready to make the step up to the first team.
“We were able to bring some younger players in and have a look at how they adapted,” he said. “Young Myles Foley and Odun Odebe did really well; Eddie Church (and) Jack Alton came on for a brief time as well, so it gave us an opportunity to look at these players.
“Certainly Myles Foley has given us a headache, not just for Saturday’s game but for the season as well, because he’s come in and performed really well.”
Reflecting on the previous league game, Welsh admitted his disappointment and lamented the individual errors that turned the game in Wisbech’s favour.
“It was disappointing because we’d come off the back of two good results, but I think to concede three in five minutes in the way we did, two of them from individual errors, knocks the wind out of your sails.
“We were 1-0 up, creating opportunities and in control of the game. The first goal, the lad will probably never do that again and he’ll learn from it, and the second one is game management.
“It’s disappointing, we travelled a long way and didn’t get any points, but we move on to the next game.”