Greene calls for greater composure as Boston United can’t seem to get over conceding first

Marcus Marshall.
Marcus Marshall.

Boston United need to realise that a contest isn’t settled by the opening goal, says manager Dennis Greene.

After watching his Pilgrims slump to their fourth defeat of the National League North season at Chorley on Saturday, Greene was left frustrated by a capitulation, brought on by the Magpies finding the net.

It’s been the same old story for United this term, losing every game in which they are the first to concede, the side appearing to lose its composure after going behind.

“Defensively we’re so young and naive,” said Greene, whose squad was left carrying eight injuries in the build-up to the game.

“We need to do something as there’ll be better teams in this league.

“That was one of the kinder Chorley teams we’ve played.”

Boston looked to be matching their hosts until Dale Whitham was given space to head home Paul Jarvis’ cross in the 34th minute.

Four minutes later and that lead was doubled, Josh O’Keefe converting from the penalty spot after Marcus Marshall handled Stephen Jordan’s strike in the box.

But once again, that first goal deflated the Pilgrims, leaving Greene frustrated.

“After the first goal went in it was just horrible to watch,” he confessed, calling for greater composure.

“The players seem to think that if they’re a goal behind they have to kick it as far up the pitch as they can so we can get a goal.

“It’s frustrating. The three years I’ve been here we’ve only lost four games of football when we’ve been in the lead.

“The first goal is crucial and we’ve only managed it once in the first five games.”