Ricardo Moniz spoke to Magpie Player following County's 3-1 defeat at Oxford United...
The loss was County’s second in succession, but it was the manner of the defeat which disappointed the manager the most, “This is the biggest disappointment since I was here. I have no words for this. I am deeply ashamed and I am responsible for this.”
Comparing it to last season’s final game relegation, Ricardo Moniz says his squad is capable of more this season, “At Gillingham we did what we could, and now we don’t do what we can. It’s the biggest disappointment. Last week we could hide ourselves after the intimidation, but today was absolutely a shame.”
The defeat came exactly a week after County knocked Championship side Huddersfield Town out to the Capital One Cup, and the manager told Magpie Player of the need for consistency, “You can’t go from a nine [out of ten at Huddersfield] to a four [out of ten]. That happened, maybe against Mansfield it wasn’t so extreme but today it was a two [out of ten].”
The Pies took the lead in the first half, but were quickly pegged back despite chances to extend their lead, “First half we dominated, we went one up and maybe could have been two with Jon Stead and possibly with Adam Campbell. Then in the back four again, we give the ball away. It is a repetition of a lack of confidence.”
Oxford United missed a number of chances to extend their lead, including a penalty which Roy Carroll did well to save, and the manager agreed that the losing margin could have been bigger. “In that way we are lucky, it could have been five or six - one if Roy didn’t stop that penalty. I see a massive lack of leadership and lack of confidence.”
“I can do two things, I can kill it. kill it and kill it or I can try and repair it and I have to repair it by Friday.”
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