Liam Marrs believes that Boston United fell victims of Stalybridge Celtic’s game plan.
The Pilgrims were held to a 1-1 draw at the Jakemans Stadium yesterday, Dayle Southwell putting the hosts in front from the penalty spot before sloppy defending allowed Liam Dickinson to level moments before the break.
And Marrs, who rejoined the club on Friday, reckons United were guilty of letting the away side dictate the tempo.
He said: “I think we could have won it.
“They just slowed the game down and we ended up playing at their pace, which kind of killed the game.
“It was dead slow, but we started off really well playing good football. In another game we’d score them opportunities.
“They came here for a draw and we couldn’t get the extra goal we needed. We got in good positions but we just couldn’t get that final touch on the ball.”
Marrs played 13 times for United at right back last season, during his loan spell from Sunderland.
After becoming a free agent, he agreed to return to Boston this week, and was handed a start yesterday in a new midfield role.
Manager Dennis Greene was impressed with his new signing’s performance.
“Marrs had a decent game,” he said.
“It’s obviously new to him playing in midfield, but what he did show is that he’s got a good touch.
“He passed to our own players today which was really important as half of our team couldn’t.”
Greene also praised ‘brave’ Dayle Southwell for firing home from the spot after seeing a penalty saved at Tamworth on Monday.
But the overall showing from the team left the manager unhappy.
He added: “The body language wasn’t right. We went in front and that should be enough against Stalybridge.
“We’ve given away a stupid free kick before half time and they’ve scored from it.
“All we did after that was huff and puff.”
United currently sit third in the Vanarama North, level on 11 points with second-placed Barrow, and two points behind leaders North Ferriby.