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Leese: One or two forgot the basics that we preach every week
CHESHAM United have picked up 18 points from the last 21 available, but manager Andy Leese is fuming about the three that got away.
They were beaten 2-1 at Corby last weekend after Daniel Brathwaite scored an 88th minute own goal just after his goal at the right end appeared to have rescued a point for his side.
However, Leese is not singling the defender out for criticism.
He said: “I’m more than disappointed. It was schoolboy defending for the first and second goal. It’s just not good enough. We had the lion’s share of possession but they scored with a free header from a corner and that’s just not acceptable.
“We made some changes and worked very hard to get back into it and we did that with Daniel scoring a header. But the second goal is not what we’re about.
“We had a chance to clear it straight from the goalkick but we didn’t. We tried to play it, which we never do at that stage of the game. We had the point in the bag.”
Chesham duly lost possession and when the low cross came back into the box Brathwaite miscued his clearance.
Moments later the full time whistle went and Chesham were left contemplating their first league loss since conceding twice in the last 15 minutes at Arlesey on August 20.
Leese said: “Players have got to take responsibility. We shot ourselves in the foot. If we’re serious about staying at the top of the league we have to learn.
“I am prepared to accept mistakes, but when players try to play against what they are being coached then you do start to worry.
“One or two of them forgot the basics that we preach every week.
“It’s just concentration issues and the players involved are normally reliable, but they’ve got to learn quickly.
“We’ve got 18 points out of 21 and the league table looks healthy enough, so I’m not knocking what we’ve done. But I’m disappointed that the two games we’ve lost we’ve given away points rather than teams beating us.”
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