Cards strike once as Lambs fall
24 September 2005
Mark Cooper said of his sides defeat to Woking, "I wasn't a bad performance on the whole, but we had chances to score and didn't and I thought we were not direct enough with our play. There is no one taking individual responsibility out on the field, it is almost like we are waiting for someone else to take charge. And it took Carl Heggs and myself to liven things up a bit, which shouldn't have to be the case. I expect 100% from my players when they wear the shirt and no matter how much preparation goes into a game it all counts for nothing if the commitenmt isn't shown on the field. Ultimately I have to take responsibility but the players have to give their best and I don't believe everyone is pulling their weight."
Adie Smith was rested for the game with a bad calf and with Julian Alsop out due to an injured foot Cooper started with Bob Taylor and Darren Mansaram up front.
But it was Neil Smith who had the first shot of the game shortly followed by Justin Richard who shot wide ofthe left hand upright.
Scott Stamps cleared Karl Murray's goalbound effort off the line shortly after but Tamworth hit back with Mansaram (twice) and Graham Ward both going close.
The second half was a more lively affair although both sides struggled to finsh off attacking moves completely. Gary MacDonald almost scored straight after the restart with a far post header from Steve Evans free kick but the ball went wide.
Woking took the lead on 62 minutesafter Steve Ferguson made space down the right and crossed into the penalty area. A scramble ensued and despite protestations from 'keeper James Dormand Justin Richards close range finish was judges to have gone over the line.
Matt Redmile saw his close range volley well saved minutes later and as the game went on James Francis, Scott Stamps and Mansaram all went close.
At the other end Richards made space through the centre but fired over and MacDonald also saw his header clear Dormand's goal.
Ex-on loan-Lamb Mark Rawle hit the top of the cross bar with a deflected shot and Stamps cleared MacDonald's header off the line in the closing stages but as Cooper said, "We had our chances but there will be no messing about. I am looking for an instant reaction on Tuesday against York but it shouldn't have to take a defeat to kick us into gear. It doesn't seem to hurt the players enough when they lose at present and I will be expecting better things in our next outing."
Dormand, Bampton, Redmile, Brown, Mansaram, Ward, Stamps, Talylor (Heggs 67), Francis, Turner (Cooper 66), Whitman
Unused: Storer, Dryden, Gayle
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