Second half display not good enough for Tigers boss Shaw

Worksop Town FC v Tadcaster Albion, Jono Wafula gets in a tangle with an Albion player
Worksop Town FC v Tadcaster Albion, Jono Wafula gets in a tangle with an Albion player

Mark Shaw said he was let down by the second half performance of his players on Saturday, when they let slip a 2-0 lead over league leading Tadcaster.

The visitors, down to 10 men from the fourth minute after the sending off of Jonathan Greening, fought back to level the game in the 96th minute.

Shaw said Tigers weren’t good enough after the break.

“I’m deflated and that’s an understatement,” he said.

“From being in control of the game in the first half, to not stamping our authority on the game in the second half.”

“We were extremely poor in the second half, didn’t keep the ball or pass it well.”

“I feel a little bit let down.”

“I praise them all the time when they’re doing well and I try to protect them, but it was young naivety.”

Shaw felt the referee got the sending off right, but his team didn’t respond in the right manner to the situation.

“The elbow was a disgrace for someone has played at the highest level,” he told the Guardian.

“But for us not to control the game after that is a chance we’ve wasted.”

The Tigers boss had a ‘ringside’ seat for the incident that stopped the game for eight minutes.

Giving his view on what brought the Tadcaster players to the perimeter fence, Shaw said: “There was a supporter from Tadcaster who was barracking me, another Tadcaster supporter was trying to calm him down, but it caused a problem.”

“Their players coming off the pitch made it worse, they shouldn’t have left the field of play – they’ve got to keep their professionalism and they didn’t do.”

“Our supporters reacted, and when it got worse more people got around the area.”

He also felt the match officials did little to ease the tension.

“The referee should have taken the players away from the situation.”

“I was stood with the assistant referee and telling him to get the players away and he wasn’t doing.”

“It was a very ugly game.”