FOOTBALL: MOORS boss Mark Yates spoke of the ‘green shoots of recovery’ after his team shared the spoils with Gateshead on Saturday.
Though he was left frustrated by a controversial penalty decision which gifted Gateshead the lead in a game which ended 1-1.
“We didn’t think it was a penalty, it was really soft,” said Yates.
“After getting a penalty given against you like that, which we felt was very harsh, the lads responded in the right way.
“I’m delighted with the effort the players showed. We lacked a little bit of belief and creativity in that final third.
“We changed it slightly in the second half and did ever so well, but we lacked that killer pass, instinct, and decision-making in the final third.
“The confidence is not sky high – when you’re confident things just happen naturally for you, but at the moment we’re not there.”
Yates, who took over as Moors boss earlier this month, was quick to praise the commitment of his side though.
He said: “The goal was decent, a good bit of play.
“We had a game plan second half, we needed to press them and dominate the ball and to an extent we did that.
“We just need that final ball, that final delivery, we’ve just got to keep working at it.”
Yates was upbeat about the future with a big home match against fellow strugglers Leyton Orient looming large on Saturday.
“There’s green shoots for us to see and positives for us to build on,” he said.
“We’ve given ourselves a little base to build on but we cannot keep saying that otherwise we will be in a position where we can’t get ourselves out of it.
“Every game we play is a six pointer and it’s the next game that’s the most important game this season so far.
“Leyton Orient is a massive club but they are on a bad run.
“We have put in three good performances recently but our game on Saturday needs to be tip top.
“We will have had a week on the training ground to really drum some confidence, ideas and positivity into the players.”
Moors will welcome Sean St Ledger back into the side for Saturday’s crunch game.
Elsewhere Moors will face Tranmere Rovers in the opening round of the FA Trophy.