Innes urges Terriers to get back to basics

Following his side’s 4-1 defeat against Penrith, Bedlington Terriers manager Gary Innes has called on his side to go ‘back to basics’ in defence following costly errors.

He said: “Again I am very disappointed with the performance, mainly at the way the side lacked composure and heart.

“We simply need to go back to basics in defence and it has to be simple because the players aren’t as good as they think.”

Bedlington have only picked up two points in the last ten games and Innes is aiming to regroup the squad and lift their confidence.

Adam Harvey scored the Terriers’ consolation goal deep into injury time with a bullet into the bottom corner, but another disappointing performance has seen the side slip to 17th in the Northern League division one.

Innes, who won his first game in charge away to Bishop Auckland, added: “We are not defending properly, and individual errors, bad decision making, lack of composure up front and no quality in the final third is where the side is going wrong.

“I am going to remind the players that they are playing for places next season and that they also need to keep working in training.”

With only two games remaining, against Celtic Nation and Shildon at home, the manager is looking ahead to next season as to which players to keep and who is suitable to help the side get out of the poor run.

He added: “Celtic Nation have nothing to play for so it will be a very hard game.

“I expect to win every game, but we need to do a professional job and make sure that we get the three points.

“Confidence comes with good performances and winning, and again we need to regroup and maintain the team spirit.”