January 15, 2013 by Elliott Tunstall
That was the honest assessment of Greenalls PSO’s recent slump in form from the first-team Assistant Manager Jimmy Bush.
The Greens have lost their last three in the league and suddenly their title challenge looks to have become more of a scrap simply to get into the top tier of the Cheshire First Division. Defeats to Middlewich Town (4-3), Lostock Gralam (2-1) and, more recently, Linotype Cheadle (3-1) have seen Dave Bush’s men crash to 11th place, just four points off the relegation zone.
Assistant Jimmy Bush believes last weekend’s defeat to Linotype was one of those games that was in the balance throughout, “The defeat at the weekend was one that could have gone the other way. The difference for me was their two forwards who were very lively and on form, causing our centre-backs a lot of problems. That said, on the whole, Linotype were worthy of the win.”
Bush commented on the referee’s performance, citing a few of his decisions as one of the reasons behind the disappointing defeat, “I don’t like complaining about officials but the referee got two very important decisions wrong. Firstly the hand ball which should have been a blatant penalty to us and secondly the horrendous decision to only caution the Linotype ‘keeper when he fouled Robbie Hanley one-on-one. Apart from those decisions he officiated very well, I know his job is hard and I don’t envy him but in my opinion he got that very, very wrong.”
The gaffer’s right-hand man did have praise for the team, “I’d like to say that the efforts on Saturday just gone were much improved from the week before. I genuinely believe that had one or both of those decisions gone our way it could have been different. It is those small margins that make a huge difference in games I think.”
The Greens number two gave his personal summary of the blight in the team’s form, “I think the recent slump is down to a few things. The obvious one has to be the missing of key players, although we have a very good squad and have total faith in the lads who have come in and for various reasons. We all have to be honest with ourselves, the management team included. We can all do things a bit better. The management team need to look at ourselves too, are we choosing the right team? I personally think we need to take our fair share of the blame. Although we have been putting good quality teams out we have possibly been playing too many lads out of position. This can’t be helping.”
In order for GPSO to improve their league position, Jimmy Bush believes the team has to help each other out, “Training has and will continue to improve and the lads need to pull together, pick themselves and each other up. Its times like this you find out a lot about your players fighting qualities. We have a great squad, we’re just in a slump. We’ve not had this in the last two years or so but no matter who you are you always come across hard times. There’s no secret formula to it, its about attitudes and character now.”
Special praise was reserved for Greenalls Reserves who picked up another win this weekend and remain top of their respective league table, “I want to praise the second team. They seem to be in the habit of winning. With such a young squad and a few new faces you could have expected them to struggle but the older heads of Ian Worley, Gary Fox, Andrew Moore, Ian Whitfield and Julian Parrington seems to have given them a nice contrast. The youngsters like Jack Trubshaw, Joe Woods and Danny Wareing are getting rave reviews. Glen Percival deserves great credit too. All of this team will be knocking Dave’s door down soon!”