Thomas unhappy with “basic errors” from relegated Poppies

Dean Thomas
Dean Thomas

Assistant-manager Dean Thomas was disappointed with the manner in which Kettering Town finally surrendered their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division status.

The Poppies were condemned to a second successive relegation - the first time in the club’s 140-year history that has happened - after a 4-2 defeat to struggling Chippenham Town at Steel Park.

But it was the way they lost that left Thomas - who has been with the club since being appointed as manager Thomas Baillie’s assistant - frustrated, especially after the way they performed in the 3-1 success over Hitchin Town on Easter Monday.

“We came into the game feeling optimistic after what happened against Hitchin,” the experienced Thomas said.

“We know it is a big ask every week and we are trying to do the best we can with what we have got.

“It has been a tough ride but we are just working with the players to try to improve them and that is all we can do.

“And when they go out there, the minimum requirement is effort and after what they did against Hitchin I felt very optimistic.

“But you have to look at the basic errors from us, every goal was avoidable.

“We said before the game it wouldn’t be easy because they are fighting for their lives and we needed to roll our sleeves up and win the fight. We most definitely lost the fight.

“The first goal was ridiculous because Chris Logan could have kicked the ball out of the ground but he didn’t and their lad robbed him. That set the trend really. We are just constantly giving away silly goals.”

Thomas, meanwhile, accused some of the Kettering players of “going through the motions” at times.

“We are a team of young kids and I have found here, and at other clubs, that the communication skills are very poor,” he added.

“You have to be a team and we don’t ask enough questions of one another. We need to win games of football, we need to work hard and we need to demand more from each other.

“I was bitterly disappointed today. They looked like a team in a dogfight and we didn’t.

“I was never the best footballer in the world but no manager could ever have a go at me in terms of lacking effort.

“We are where we are but there is no excuse for not putting the effort in and I just get annoyed when I see people wandering around and going through the motions.

“We have people paying to come and watch us. I just felt one or two players went through the motions on this occasion. And it just annoys me because there is nothing easier than working hard.

“The club almost went out of existence a few months ago and we have bounced back with no team.

“Thomas and Alan Doyle have worked hard to get players in and we have to accept the level of players we have got. I knew it was going to be a battle but I love a fight.

“So I get a bit down when I don’t see the right effort being put in. Football is all about competing and a number of players fell short in this game.”