21st Jun, 2019

Highgate boss Pulisciano looks to lift underperforming Gate

Ben Tyler 7th Feb, 2019

HIGHGATE United manager Ashley Pulisciano assessed his side’s season so far, and made known his frustrations following a third consecutive postponement last weekend.

A weekend devoid of action followed once more after Gate’s trip to Boldmere St Michaels was called off, with the defeat to Lye Town proving the last time they were in action.

With his side sitting in 15th place and feeling desperate to get his underperforming side back on track, Pulisciano stated his confusion at Highgate’s inconsistent campaign to date.

“We started so well on an eight match unbeaten run then came four defeats over the next five games from which we have never really recovered,” he admitted.

“It is difficult to analyse and understand how it can have gone so wrong, particularly as the team contains considerable experience.

“Players such as Exodus Geohaghon, Sam Oji, Stefan Moore and recent signing Jermaine Clarke have all played at a much higher level.

“But ill discipline and subsequent suspensions as well as injuries and players moving on to pastures new have all contributed to a dramatic drop in form.”

Pulisciano was not coy to hide his feelings towards performances so far, but he does remain hopeful of charging higher up the table.

“The potential is there, and in Brad Catlow we have one of the outstanding keepers at this level whilst McCauley Manning continues to regularly produce high octane midfield displays.

“But with so many others blowing hot and cold, statistics don’t lie, and with one of the worst scoring records in the division and an equally poor number of goals conceded it is obvious that we have problems at both ends of the pitch.

“Whilst the recent long break has not been welcomed, it does at least give us the opportunity of addressing things on the training ground. As the weather is forecast to improve, hopefully a change of fortunes on the pitch will follow, with the ultimate aim of at least a mid table finish”.

A fixtureless weekend for the first team awaits, but Glen Adam’s U21 side are in action at the Coppice on Saturday to host Boldmere St Michaels U21’s in the semi-final of the Birmingham FA U21 Saturday Amateur Cup.

The first team are next in action on Tuesday (7:45pm) with a visit to Old Wulfrunians in the rearranged JW Hunt Cup fixture.

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