Performances have not got the reward they deserve, says Holleran

Jordan Goddard celebrates his equaliser at Hyde. Picture: Ste Jones (
Jordan Goddard celebrates his equaliser at Hyde. Picture: Ste Jones (

Leamington boss Paul Holleran was left frustrated after a 2-2 draw at Hyde last Saturday which he said could have finished 8-5 to the visitors.

Brakes adopted a more ambitious approach at Ewen Fields and, despite a third successive Conference North match without a win, Holleran says there is no need for his side to be looking over their shoulders.

“Our performance levels have picked up but we’ve not got the points we have deserved,” said Holleran.

“We could easily have had six points from our last two games rather than just the one.

“We’ve played some good football but we are too open and showing a bit of naivety.

“They are a younger bunch of players and we have lost some of the experience - it’s just our game managment that’s lacking sometimes.

”I feel we’ve got a freshness and energetic look to us. The experience will come in time.

“We’re not that far away from being a top-half side.”

Stefan Moore will return for tomorrow’s visit of Worcester City, but Danny Newton is a doubt after aggravating a foot ligament injury against North Ferriby.

Newton missed the trip to Hyde through suspension and Holleran said that while he is hopeful the striker will be fit, a blank weekend following the Worcester clash will provide more healing time.

“We’ve patched him up for a couple of games but it needs rest and we’re aware that if he’s not quite right for tomorrow we’ve got another 14 days to get it right.”

Meanwhile, Holleran has confirmed that goalkeeper Neil Collett will not be seen back at the New Windmill.

The arrival of Mats Morch on loan from Derby County followed hot on the heels of a bad mistake from Collett in the defeat to Stockport and spelled the end of the road for the former Nuneaton Town number one.

“I had a chat with Neil and we felt it best that he moved on,” said Holleran.

“He hadn’t played for a while and we gave him an opportunity to play at this level for 15 games or so.

“He did okay but there are areas where we felt we needed more.

“The defence has been a bit of a problem for us and we thought a more mobile and vocal goalkeeper would help.

“Mats has given us that reassurance when teams hit balls over the top and he’s a cracking young professional.”