Riteesh Mishra reflects on Lewes defeat
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Manager Riteesh Mishra has reflected on the 2-1 away defeat to Lewes on Sunday.
Speaking after the game, Mishra said:
“Overall, really disappointed. I feel like we dropped points and we have to go away and figure out why. We’re frustrated, I think the second half performance shows that we should be scoring and probably beating many teams but they made it difficult for us in the first half and we can’t keep going behind before reacting in games.
“I think we got drawn into some of their traps, some of us are certainly playing with a lack of confidence.
"But being in the situation we are in without a win since Blackburn, it is understandable some of the players are feeling a lack of confidence. They are good players and want to improve but we need to build a better mentality to get us through periods where we are not playing well in games, unlike today.
"The most disappointing thing for me above everything is how soft the goals were we conceded, the attitude to defend in those moments were simply not good enough for this level.
"The second half yes we conceded some moments in the transition, but we played very well, we were in the game, we dominated and we could have scored a few. But when you’re 2-0 behind, you’re always fighting for some luck and quality in the final third and we didn’t get that enough today.”
The Addicks host Leicester City in the league on Sunday, December 13th , before finishing 2020 with a trip to Crystal Palace on December 20th.
“It’s my job to pick the players and staff up and they’ve got to pick themselves up as well, we’ve got a tough two games coming up before Christmas and we have put ourselves in a position which no one wants to be in, but we are the only ones who can fight out of it.
"We need to see the next two games as opportunities to win points. We still know and believe that a couple of good results changes the entire feeling, but we have to work extremely hard to do that and I think do more for the cause.”
“There were some positives as well, there were some very bright sparks in the second half including Charlotte Gurr and Ella Rutherford who are getting fitter each week and keep working hard, and some other good performances in that second half to build on.”
“Right now it is another tough Sunday to take. But you never get anything easy when you are at the elite level so we need to work harder and harder each day and prove to people we are capable of more.”