Press and Media Officer John Edwards has submitted the following article for inclusion in this week's Sale and Altrincham Messenger.
Phil Parkinson insisted there was ‘no panic’ after a 2-0 defeat to Curzon Ashton extended their frustrating search for an elusive first home win of the season at The J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday.
In stark contrast to some eye-catching performances on the road, Alty continue to struggle at home and have taken just two points from five games there after playing second fiddle to a Curzon side who have now overtaken them in the table.
Injuries, illness and a one-match ban for top scorer Jordan Hulme severely restricted Parkinson’s options, but the Alty boss declared: ‘That hurt us, but there are no excuses, because I still had every confidence the lads I put out on that pitch could get us a positive result.
‘It’s bitterly disappointing to have played so well away, then come here and perform well below par, in comparison to what I know we are capable of. I don’t think we played that poorly against Curzon, but we didn’t do enough to win. We looked toothless in attack and we didn’t keep a clean sheet, which we need to start doing.
‘It’s not just about the defence, when it comes to protecting your goal, but how hard you’re working in the front ranks as well. You have to work for the right to play, and Curzon did that out of possession more than we did. That is something we will address.
‘It will turn for us, but it has to happen quickly, because it doesn’t sit well with me that we haven’t won at home yet, and that can’t continue. But it is still very early days, and we are showing we can compete at this level and do well, provided we start punishing teams when we are on top.
‘No-one is pressing the panic button whatsoever. We have had a real adult conversation in the changing room, and everyone is on the same page. We know what needs doing, and the application, endeavour and togetherness among the players makes me quietly confident the corner will be turned sooner rather than later.’