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Boss: ‘We’ll use this as fuel’

8 October 2023

Club News

Boss: ‘We’ll use this as fuel’

8 October 2023

Lee Bell has urged his players to use the sense of injustice they feel after Saturday’s defeat to Salford as motivation going forward.

The Manager pulled no punches in his assessment of some of the more controversial aspects of the 4-2 reverse at The Peninsula Stadium.

In particular, he was angered by the officials’ decision to belatedly rule a Courtney Baker-Richardson strike offside and then allow the hosts to take a quick free kick which led to their second.

But Bell says it is vital that his men turn their anger into a positive.

“They got it drastically wrong,” he said.

“It was clearly onside but even if they get that wrong, I get it. They are humans and they can make a mistake. 

“But our players are looking at the linesman and he’s not put his flag up - so they’ve gone off celebrating. That has to be managed better. It changed the game.  

"Ryan Dicker has been sent off – the most placid man I know! He never has a bad word to say to anyone. That’s just how wrong the decision was. 

“If our goal had stood, I think we’d have scored two or three more, I genuinely do. We have a full-house here from our fans and it is a hard one to take.

"We have to adjust how we deal our emotions after that type of incident, but they are human beings and they worked so hard all week only for that moment to not be managed properly. 

“But what we can’t let it do is let it affect us (negatively). We will use this as fuel.”

There were positives to take from the fixture - not least Courtney Baker-Richardson’s double which moved him to five goals for the season.

Bell added: “It was a good game of football. Both teams had chances; we should have scored two or three more goals than we did.

“Salford are a good team and played some good football and you can see where they are heading.”


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