RYAN Semple has warned his Boston United teammates that it’s time to ‘grow up’ after Saturday’s humbling defeat to Solihull Moors.
The visitors – who had not won a single point in their opening seven Blue Square Bet North fixtures – thoroughly deserved their 1-0 victory at the Jakemans Stadium on Saturday.
Robbie Thompson-Brown volleyed home a 51st minute winner after Paul Bastock’s punch landed at his feet.
This means United still haven’t won at home this season.
“I just don’t think we’re playing with any confidence at the moment,” said a downbeat Semple after the match.
“I think we all need to grow up a bit and realise we’re not always going to score early.
“And if we don’t we need to keep going and playing to our strengths.”
Boston opted to start with target men Mikel Suarez and Mickey Stones in attack together.
And after a bright start, which saw Stones’ header saved brilliantly by Moors keeper Jasbir Singh, home heads dropped, allowing Moors to dominate proceedings.
Speaking as honestly as ever, Semple believes United can make no excuses about their performance.
“They put men behind the ball but we knew that was going to happen.
“We can’t say that’s the reason we didn’t score. We need to be cleverer and sharper.
“For me, I don’t think there can be any excuses about how we played.
“We’ve got to be better.
“If it goes wrong after 20 or 25 minutes then we keep going. That’s how it should be.”
So if United are lacking confidence, how can that be brought back? “We should have been confident today considering we won away (at Bishop’s Stortford) last week and didn’t play well,” Semple added.
“Confidence comes back by doing your jobs, working hard and training and doing the simple things well. Don’t try to be overly complicated.
“This isn’t the Premier League, this is a league where hard work and being organised count for a lot.
“That’s what we need to get back to.
“Sooner or later we’ll score goals. And if we score goals and keep the work rate up then it’ll come.”
A number of the crowd booed the Pilgrims from the pitch on Saturday, while reserving their applause for the Moors players as they headed down the tunnel.
Manager Jason Lee says his young charges have to be able to cope with boos, taking the side of the crowd.
“I’m not going to blame them (the fans).
“I’m just as annoyed as they are.
“I believe they (the players) are angry, upset and embarrassed.”
UNITED: Bastock, Fairclough, Jelleyman, Hall (Milnes 67), Ward, White, Semple, Sleath, Stones (Holsgrove 50), Newsham, Suarez; Subs (not used): Austin, Wilkinson, Field.
MOORS: Singh, Midworth, Blackwood, Price, L. Francis, Langdon, Thompson-Brown McPike 87), Fitzpatrick, Walker (Spencer 71), A. Francis, Bell; Subs (not used): Broadhurst, Pierpoint, Tomczak.
Att: 1,175. Ref: Chris Kavanagh.