12:18am Sunday 29th September 2013
By Andrew Simpson
BRIAN Pritchard believes Witton Albion deserved more than to draw with Stocksbridge Park Steels after a stirring second half performance.
That they did not was due to a sluggish start, according to the manager.
His side trailed by two goals at the interval, before scores after half time from substitute Jon Dawson and Kyle Wilson delivered a share of the spoils.
Pritchard said: “I’m happy not to have lost after going 2-0 down, but disappointed at the same time not to have picked up three points.
“I felt we did enough to win, particularly as we posed a constant threat to them.
“Even though we deserved to be losing at half time, we ought to have scored ourselves in between their goals.”
A tie means Witton, who reached the promotion play-offs last season, have failed two win a single league game in September.
In fact, they have taken only two points from 18 on offer.
But after back-to-back defeats during which they failed to score, Pritchard says he can see signs of improvement.
He added: “We dug ourselves out of a hole at a ground which has always proved difficult for Witton to get a result. That takes character, and that’s what a manager wants to see.
“Tuesday’s performance [against AFC Fylde] gave us something to build on, which I think we’ve done.
“I think it’s getting through to the players that for us to climb the table they need to have their sleeves rolled up and be ready to battle for every point.
“Of course there remain areas in which we need to get better, some more than others, and that work will go on.
“In the second half, we were much better playing high up the pitch and scored two good goals. We created numerous other chances too.”
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