Lack of creative spark, lack of support and a missed chance - Tigers boss Shaw gutted by FA Vase defeat

Worksop Town & Glossop North End. FA Vase 4th Round.
Worksop Town & Glossop North End. FA Vase 4th Round.

A dejected Mark Shaw blamed his side’s lack of creativity for Saturday’s FA Vase exit, as their Wembley dream came to an end.

The Worksop Town manager also expressed his disappointment with the contrast between the boisterous Glossop North End supporters and the home fans during the tie.

Giving an inside into what was said during a lengthy on-field inquest after the game, Shaw said: “I’m disappointed. I had us down to go further.”

“They’re here to play football the right way, we try to do a lot for them and I feel a bit let down.”

“We could have been more creative.”

“The problem I feel we’ve got is that we’ve got a big game, we need to play our way and we’re not developed enough as a group to go and compete against experienced players.”

Shaw made it clear that his players had certainly tried to win the game.

“Their effort has been there, they’re dead on their feet.”

“But we just haven’t had a cutting edge in the final third.”

“We didn’t have a clearcut chance where we should have scored.”

But he’s not sure they comprehend how good a chance they had to get to the final.

“I don’t think they understand how close we could have been.”

“I’m kicking myself, we’ve missed a golden opportunity with a young, fit side to go to Wembley and I don’t think they realise that.”

“They’re thinking about winning the next one, they don’t realise the magnitude of the defeat and I do.”

The other disappointment for Shaw was the lack of noise coming from the home fans in the 650-strong crowd.

“Credit to the Glossop supporters for making it a party atmosphere,” he said.

“Where was our interaction from our group? I’m disappointed that they haven’t tried to push us over the line.”

“I heard loads of moans about pulling the trigger, which I can understand, but it’s not helpful when they could get behind us.”

“We need supporters to get them going at times.”

He was particularly stung by supporters voicing their opinion on the line-up during Saturday’s game.

“People telling me to take Mitch Husbands off, when he’s worked himself into the ground and been one of the better ones, that makes me think I’m doing something wrong, or wonder what’s the point?”