Kinniburgh 'embarrassed' by Corby's home defeat

Steve Kinniburgh was far from impressed after Corby Town were beaten 2-0 by Gresley FC at Steel Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Steve Kinniburgh was far from impressed after Corby Town were beaten 2-0 by Gresley FC at Steel Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Steve Kinniburgh delivered a damning verdict on his Corby Town team’s performance as he admitted he was “embarrassed” by the 2-0 home defeat to Gresley FC.

The Steelmen were well off the pace at a freezing Steel Park as goals from Danny Quinn and Oliver Bassett secured a much-needed and well-deserved three points for the visitors, who are fighting to survive in the Evo-Stik League South.

Jordon Crawford gets on the ball during the Steelmen's loss

Jordon Crawford gets on the ball during the Steelmen's loss

Corby remain eight points off the play-off places with 10 games to go but any hopes of finishing in the top six seem to be a long way off following a lacklustre home display.

And caretaker-manager Kinniburgh wasn’t about to mix his words as he reflected on the loss.

“I am embarrassed,” he said.

“I am embarrassed for myself because that went out and represented me. I am embarrassed for the people involved at the club. And I am embarrassed for the fans who have come out on a freezing cold day to watch that.

“We gave pretty much nothing all game. We have had a few shots and the goalkeeper has made a couple of saves that you would expect him to make.

“There wasn’t a period of the game where we were on top and you thought ‘we are going to score now’. From start to finish, I am embarrassed.”

“It was all five-yard passes here, five-yard passes there.

“There was no-one willing to break the lines or trying to get into the areas to get on the ball.

“There wasn’t a part of the game where I thought ‘we’ve done that well’.

“We didn’t use the weather or the conditions.

“We have got intelligent footballers in the dressing-room but for some reason it didn’t transpire onto the pitch.

“It’s killed us really because we have been chasing a lot and we had the bad spell around Christmas time and we have come back out of it with two wins and then had three weeks off.

“You can make every excuse under the sun but you can’t make an excuse for that 90 minutes because that was miles off where we have to be, never mind where we want to be going.”

Kinniburgh also confirmed striker Matt Gardner has now left Corby after a short stay with the club.