Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw said a combination of tired legs and Staveley’s effective game plan put Tigers out of the FA Cup last Friday night.
Speaking after the 2-0 defeat, and having addressed his side on the pitch at the full-time whistle, Shaw said tiredness had crept in.
“Two games in three days, and three games in six days is difficult, and it took a toll and it showed a bit,” he said.
“We took Alex and Connor off, they both looked very jaded and tired.”
“Sam Liversidge is another one who looked tired, and he gave away a goal.”
“We created enough chances in the first half, but full credit to Staveley.”
“They’ve pressed us and under a bit of pressure, with tired legs, we’ve given away the tie.”
“Disappointing not to win, because it’s quite nice to be in the FA Cup, but it was probably too soon for us.”
There was a distinct lack of the cohesive attacking play that was so evident in Worksop’s first two league outings of the season, particularly in the second half when Tigers spent long periods without putting two passes together.
Shaw said: “We had new players coming in as well, having not played a competitive game.”
“It’s a work in progress, you learn from your mistakes.”
“We know what we need to be doing and what’s best for us.”
And in Shaw’s mind, what was best for his men was to work on shape and strategy during the break Tigers find themselves in.
With no game in midweek, and no Saturday fixture this weekend, Shaw was left with plenty of time to work with the players.
“We’ll work on the way we play, constantly, to try and drill in what matters to us so the players know what we’re trying to do,” he said.
“We’re trying to get the squad and the cohesion right.”
“As much as we’ve had two very good results in the league, these players will get better as the season goes on.”
Shaw admitted on Thursday that he was disappointed not to be in action this weekend, with next week’s fixture at Albion Sports coming a full 12 days after the FA Cup clash at Staveley.
“It’s a bit disappointing that we haven’t got a game on Saturday, when Cleethorpes don’t have a game either.”
“The lads have worked hard in training and I’m hoping we can get back to the performance we put in against Liversedge.”
Worksop will be in league action on Saturday 30th August, after their home game with Pickering Town was brought forward.
After that is another two week break, in what is a strangely stop-start opening to the 2014/15 season.