Question marks hang over Crows

PUBLISHED: 10:29 24 March 2011

Paul Attfield

Paul Attfield

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CROWS boss Paul Attfield says there are serious question marks over a number of his players with regards to their desire to take the club to the next level.

Attfield was far from happy after Tuesday night’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Hillingdon Borough in light of Saturday’s demolition of in-form Colney Heath, and he feels there are a number of issues that need resolving before the club can move forward.

“It summed up our season. Technically we’ve got one of the best sides in the league – I don’t think anyone would dispute that – but some players find it hard to motivate themselves,” said Attfield after the match.

“They probably look at the league table and see they’re playing a mid-table side, whereas everyone wanted to be up for the game on Saturday because they were playing a team above them and we looked a class act.

“I put out exactly the same team (against Hillingdon) because I wanted a point proven that they could do it, but we’ve fallen well short.

“I’m more frustrated than anything. When you have such a good performance as we did on Saturday, which was arguably our best, you have to be able to show what a good side you are in the next game with an equally good performance but we didn’t do that.

“Our general movement of the ball was poor but although we weren’t great, we felt we had the foundations (to get a win) with the early goal in the second half.

“But we just couldn’t kick on from that and arguably – in the last 25 minutes – we’ve been outplayed by a mid-table side.

“Players have got to prove to me and Duncan that they can get themselves up for every single game. This was the case five, 10 games into the season where we’d go and put in two fantastic performances against Leiston and then on the Saturday go and lose 4-2 away at Hillingdon.

“You’ve got to get a group of players together that can do what Chalfont St Peter have done this year by getting themselves motivated for every single game.

“It’s very, very frustrating when you see the exact same 11 players give such a different performance from Saturday.

“I would put any one of my players above anyone else in the league but it’s got to go hand in hand with the desire levels and that’s probably the biggest thing I’ve learnt this season is there’s some question marks with half a dozen players whether they’ve actually got the desire to progress to the next level.

“The consistency levels have definitely waivered. You don’t drop 36 points over the course of two thirds of the season and go out of seven cup competitions in the first round if you’re desire is at the correct level.”

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