Baillie: Some people don’t want Poppies to succeed

Jamie Griffiths was on target for Kettering Town in their 4-1 defeat at Redditch United
Jamie Griffiths was on target for Kettering Town in their 4-1 defeat at Redditch United
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Thomas Baillie believes there are “some people” who don’t want Kettering Town to succeed in the future.

The Poppies boss went on the attack following the 4-1 defeat to Redditch United, which moved his side a step closer to relegation as they now sit 21 points from safety with just 13 games to play.

Baillie was asked about rumours he had resigned as manager following the 6-1 home defeat to Weymouth last Wednesday and he wasted little time in accusing certain sections of “mischief-making”.

“As for people saying I stormed out after Wednesday, I really don’t know where people get this sort of thing from,” the Kettering manager said.

“I have read a few things and, for whatever reason, some people don’t want this club to succeed.

“I have said to everyone that if they have any questions or want to talk to me, I will always give them an honest answer.

“People are well aware that certain parts of the fanbase that are split. And there are people who believe it would be better if the club didn’t exist any more. There is a lot of mischief-making going on.”

The Poppies paid the price for a poor finish to the first half at the Valley Stadium as they trailed 1-0 before conceding two more in the final six minutes of the period.

A better second-half display saw them pull a goal back through Jamie Griffiths but Redditch added another late goal to condemn Kettering to a ninth successive defeat, which equals the club record for a run of league losses, which was also set earlier this season.

But Baillie was pleased with the response from his players after he revealed they were asked to show they cared after that poor finish to the opening half.

“After some of the things that came out after Wednesday’s game with people saying that some of the lads didn’t care, we asked them at half-time to go and prove them differently,” he added.

“We had 45 minutes to change that perception and for large parts of the second half I think they did that.

“It’s difficult because everyone knows our frailties defensively and we have to look at that.

“We conceded two soft goals and we could have scored one or two ourselves. But something sets in at certain points of the game and whether it is a lack of confidence or what I don’t know. Their heads drop.

“It’s always difficult when you are 3-0 down but I wouldn’t say we were hammered in that first half at all.

“They are all decent players in their own right and they had to go and show that playing for this club means a lot to them.”