Daryl McMahon felt his side deserved little more than the point they got as he pulled no punches following Fleet’s draw at Chester on Saturday.
“Same old, same old,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “Today we definitely didn’t do enough to win the game, there’s been games we’ve drawn that I think we’ve played well in and we could have nicked three points but today we didn’t deserve to win the match. The same mistakes happened, too regularly for us now, and we need to be a bit more ruthless and a bit more clinical if we want to achieve anything in the division. We see the same thing nearly every week, little errors that we need to get better at.”
The Fleet boss wasn’t happy with his side’s fluency and felt they didn’t do enough on the occasions they had the ball to make Chester work. “We weren’t good enough with or without the ball today,” he said. “It’s very unusual for us to be like that, especially with the ball but even in the last few minutes you’ve had two or three opportunities in and around their box where you expect something to happen. We lacked a whole lot of things and individual errors will always cost you points but we lacked quality on the ball which is probably the first time I’ve said this since I’ve been manager of the club.”
Jack Powell’s second goal in as many games was one definite bright spot for the visitors and McMahon, who only just managed to catch it flying in after preparing three substitutes seconds before Powell let fly, said: “It was a great finish, off his left foot, a terrific goal.”
And McMahon is looking for a reaction with two tough home games coming up against Aldershot Town and Tranmere Rovers. “I think everyone has to raise their game, we all have,” the manager said. “We’ve come to a higher level and we’ve shown we can compete but I want to do more than compete because I’ve looked at other teams and we’re at least as good, or better than most we’ve played. We just need to be more ruthless and more clinical in what we’re doing because we can achieve more than we are and you have to want to achieve more than you are.”
The players have a Monday session ahead of the Stonebridge Road clash under the lights and McMahon expects them to be ready for the Shots’ visit: “I’m not going to change anything from what we normally do so I’ve not asked them to do anything different today than we ask them most weeks. They all know how we want to play and they’ll be ready for Aldershot on Tuesday night, we’ll do our stuff on Aldershot Monday when we come in.’