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Guiseley manager Steve Kittrick is threatening to change his troops
Ahead of their long trip to Gloucester City on Saturday, Guiseley manager Steve Kittrick is reasonably happy with the start his team have made.
A dispiriting 3-0 home defeat against Solihull Moors has been followed by a 2-1 vic-tory at Gainsborough, a last-gasp 1-0 home victory over Workington on Monday and a 2-2 draw at Colwyn Bay last Saturday that felt like a defeat.
The Lions are 11th in the Skrill North table, and Kittrick said: “If you win your home games and get a point away then that is all right.
“Is seven points out of the first four games acceptable? I think it is.
“We have some new players and we are playing a new system but we could have defended the free-kick a bit better that gave Colwyn Bay their second goal.
“Rhys Meynell said we probably could have, and he is right.
“We were likely thinking too much about how the free-kick came about than marking – but that point could be vital come the end of the season.”
However, the late winner by Jake Lawlor on Monday and Colwyn Bay’s two goals in the last five minutes that got them a point out of nothing just emphasised the importance of how teams start and finish each stanza.
“The first and last ten minutes of each half win you and lose you games,” said Kitt-rick.
“I don’t think that we deserved to win against Workington but we have got three points.
“There have been some good defensive displays and a lot of poor poor attacking play.
“One or two people look out of sorts and can’t blame anything but themselves, and they have to go and look at themselves – and we know they can be better.
“I might mix it up on Saturday because it keeps them on their toes, and that is the only way to do it at this stage.
“But you play until that final whistle, and Jake has got a great header which gets us three points.
“Jack (Rea), Danny Ellis, Pottsy (Michael Potts) and Jameel (Ible) have also put their bodies on the line but in front of them one or two can look at themselves and have to be better.”
However, Kittrick did praise his Workington counterpart Darren Edmondson.
The Lions boss said: “Darren set up very well but we have to be better in certain areas, and the supporters have to be a bit patient because we are not always going to have it our own way but we have gone to the end.”
He also explained why he took Jack Scott off after 72 minutes.
Kittrick said: “I didn’t want Jack to make it worse because he had a nasty cut above his eye but I had a quality midfield player in young Jake who wanted to prove that he should be in my starting XI. It isn’t easy coming on when you are under the cosh. It is easier when you are on top.”
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