"there was a lack of confidence" said Moore after abysmal display

Last updated : 07 February 2006 By The Chairman
Following Saturday's abysmal defeat by Port Vale Athletic's boss Ronnie Moore has confessed that his team are under achieving. He told the official website, "We should be taking the game to the likes of Port Vale. But we looked disjointed and there was a lack of confidence. You would think we were bottom of the league the way we are playing. We didn't hurt them and I can understand everyone's reaction. It is disappointing for us all. We have set high standards and we came nowhere near them, I don't know why the lads are low on confidence. Why should it be, because they are eighth in the league with a heck of a chance of making the play-offs. Everyone wants it, the fans want it, and they want to see the players working and grafting and showing a bit of enthusiasm. I don't think we got that from some of the players on Saturday. One or two are having a bad time on the ball and it is difficult to change it."

"We have to keep chipping away and hope we can get away from this fear factor of playing at home. Why we should be fearful playing here I will never know. If they are not careful they are going to throw everything away. You sit there and think could the players have done better and I just wonder about the talkers and the willingness to get involved. When we go a goal down we don't even look like we are going to come back. That fear factor comes in, the crowd get uptight. They have worked hard all week and paid good money to watch the game. They are entitled to their opinion. The players should count themselves lucky there are only four or five thousand here. If there were 20,000 I could understand why they get fearful."

Moore locked his players in the dressing room for 50 minutes after the game and went on, "I always give players the chance to have their say, I am not going to stand there and argue everything I say is right. We spoke and there were one or two discussions between the players. I think we are frightened of falling out as players, you look at the top players and they all have arguments. Football is a passionate game and it is like a family. I have arguments with my sister, my brother and it is forgotten. It should be the same thing in the dressing room but we seem to be too nice and don't really want to have a go at each other."

"We have got to be able to take criticism on the park and you have to come off after the game, shake hands and get on with it. I just feel that, at the moment, one or two have a little go and there are one or two who can't take it. Those who can't take it are then waiting for those who have had a go to take another pop. It is childish, that's not being professional. They like the word professional footballer but some times their passing was Sunday League stuff. Some of them are not playing to their full potential and that isn't good enough."