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Hackett insists: 'We're not where I want us to be!
3:56pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Football
by Nick Pullen GARY Hackett refused to get carried away this week following Stourbridge’s six goal slaughter of local rivals Redditch United.
Instead, the Stourbridge boss cast his mind back 48 hours earlier to the 3-2 defeat by Chesham.
Hackett said: “We’re still not where I want us to be!
“For the first 45 minutes against Chesham, we were as poor as I can remember for a good many years.
“The display was inexcusable, sloppy, lazy, lethargic and we can’t perform like that again.
“We’ve stuttered through our first four games, but managed to pick up nine points at the same time.
“If anyone had offered me nine points from our first four games at the start of the season, I would have probably taken it.
“Although we’re working hard, we’re still below what I would expect.
“Perhaps we didn’t do enough in pre-season and for that I blame myself for possibly having too many trialists.”
Stourbridge found themselves 3-0 down to Chesham in the first-half before clawing themselves back into contention with a couple of Sean Geddes penalties.
Geddes was also on target from the spot against Redditch, taking his penalty tally to six already this season making him the Southern League Premier’s leading marksman.
But the real talking point at Redditch was the return to form of striker Ryan Rowe, who ripped Redditch’s central defensive pairing apart on his way to scoring four.
Hackett couldn’t hide his delight at Rowe’s display.
He said: “You could feel the sense of relief. “In the previous three games, Ryan hadn’t looked sharp at all, but I explained to everyone that Ryan wouldn’t hit the ground running following his arrival from Kidderminster Harriers and that it would take time.
“He knew he was under pressure, but four games into the season and he’s getting sharper. “It might take a few more games before he really gets going”.
Stourbridge travel to Bedford Town on Saturday where Hackett faces the prospect of reshuffling his defence.
Central defender Nathan Bennett is absent, while defensive partner Henry Eze will have a late fitness test having missed the game with Redditch through injury.
Drew Canavan is also absent, attending a coaching course in China.
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