Blame me for Harrogate defeat but I’ll turn it around, says Boston United boss Drury

Graham Drury.
Graham Drury.

Graham Drury says he accepts full responsibility for Boston United’s Harrogate horror-show... but he has promised the Pilgrims fans that he’ll turn the club’s fortunes around.

Drury refused to mince his words last night after watching his side humbled by Simon Weaver’s Town.

“This is my job. This is for me to analyse and get right,” he admitted, after the 2-1 defeat.

“I’ll carry the can. The players in there have shown they want to work hard.

“They’ve tried to give me everything at the end.”

Chibuzor Chilaka scored twice to put the visitors into a comfortable lead.

However, Marc Newsham netted his 23rd of the season in the final minute of play to give the scoreline a closer feel than the game ever suggested.

Last night’s lacklustre defeat was Drury’s first in front of Pilgrims’ home support, and the final whistle was greeted by boos from many of the 770 fans.

That means he has now picked up just five points from a possible 15 after taking over as manager.

But Drury has vowed to turn his side’s fortunes around.

He added: “There’ll be a lot of negative fans, and I understand that.

“They’ve paid their money and they’re frustrated.

“Nobody’s more disappointed than me. I promise you I’ll get it right.

“I’m working hard to make sure I get it right.

“Graham Drury’s still smiling. He’s still got a job to do.

“Trust me, there’s no negatives in his mind and I’m ready for the battle.”

It was a night where the home side were quite simply outmuscled and outplayed by Harrogate, with Pilgrims old boy Alan White in phenomenal form at the heart of the Town defence.

But Boston’s misery was compounded late on when substitute Charley Sanders was red carded for what ref Ian Dudley saw as a deliberate elbow on Shane Killock.

However, Drury defended his 17-year-old striker, stating: “The lad caught him with the palm of his hand.

“He’s a young lad and he’s gone up with his arm to protect himself.

“There’s not even a mark on (Killock) on the sideline.

“If he’s got claret on his face then he’s swung his elbow and caught him.

“But after that, he’s (Killock’s) having a go at the linesman because he’s not getting back on quickly enough.

“I feel sorry for the kid, that wasn’t justified.”