Warrington Town boss Mark Beesley says his Yellows squad must keep believing after they fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to FC United of Manchester.
The visitors were indebted to debutant goalkeeper Wyll Stanway, who made a series of top-class saves to earn his side all three points.
Saturday’s result saw the Yellows drop to 13th in the Northern Premier League table.
Speaking post-match, Beesley was left to rue the heroics of Stanway as Town were kept scoreless at Cantilever Park.
However, he is confident that his squad is capable of turning things around.
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“Everyone who came to this ground today has seen a great display of goalkeeping, and sometimes that happens,” he admitted.
“He’s made three or four world-class saves, and sometimes it’s not meant to be.
“We’ve got to keep believing. I thought the first half was a bit of a non-event; we didn’t impose ourselves and they had a bit more control of the game.
“I thought we needed to make a change [at half-time], and it made a difference. There was only one team in it in the second half, but we gave a really poor goal away.
“I don’t think that Tony Thompson has had a save to make in the whole game, but we’ve just got to keep going.
“We’ve got good players, good forwards and hopefully our luck will turn a little bit.”
One positive on Saturday afternoon was the impact of half-time substitute Josh Amis, who provided the Yellows with a focal point in attack and linked up well with the ever-lively Isaac Buckley-Ricketts.
After recovering from a bout of septic tonsillitis, Beesley hopes that Amis’ return to full fitness will increase their threat in the final third.
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“I felt that the ball kept coming back too much [in the first half],” he said. “Isaac, in the channel, would get opportunities, and that proved to be the case.
“Josh got hold of the ball for us and gave us a bit of a platform.
“We’ve had our first two number 9s out all season. Josh is just coming back now, and Jordan, we don’t know when he will be back.
“I said to [Isaac], ‘keep going, you’re hitting the target and making keepers make brilliant saves’.
“I’m sure that with a lesser keeper, he’d have scored two or three today.”
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