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Prosser: Sloppy defending cost us

20 April 2013

Defender says Blues didn't defend well enough to earn victory at York

Luke Prosser admitted two sloppy goals cost Blues massively as they slipped to defeat against York City at Bootham Crescent.

Blues conceded in the opening couple of minutes and the closing two minutes of the first-half and were unable to make a second comeback as they were beaten 2-1.

The defender, back in the side for the first time since Wembley after picking up a back injury, felt Blues let themselves, and the fans down, with their display against Nigel Worthington’s side.

He said: “To concede so early really wasn’t good. The lads have done so well defensively in the last two games and kept two excellent clean sheets and then we went and conceded in the first minute or so.

“We just didn’t switch on and that was disappointing. Then we went and conceded with a couple of minutes left of the first half which really put us on the back foot for the second 45 minutes.

“If we had gone in level at half-time they would have really been chasing a goal because they had to win the game today. Don’t get me wrong, so did we, but that gave them a spring in their step for the second-half.

“Sloppy defending has cost us massively and the most disappointing thing is that we’ve defended so well in the last couple of games. Every time we went forward I thought we could create something.

“We haven’t been testing goalkeepers enough in the last few games and we said in the dressing room ‘how many shots did force the keeper to save today’, and the answer wasn’t many, so that’s got to improve.

“It was great to get the call and be back in the side today straight after injury, I was delighted to get the call. But we’re all disappointed in the dressing room because the fans who travelled were absolutely fantastic and we left them down with two sloppy goals.

“We’ve got to put in a good performance at home on Saturday in the final game, the season has been disappointing in terms of the league. We all want to be playing at a higher level but a number of times this season we haven’t done enough and that’s why we are where we are.”

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