Charlie Palmer calls for Belper Town to sharpen up in attacking third

GETTING THE MESSAGE ACROSS -- vociferous Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer shouts his instructions from the dugout.
GETTING THE MESSAGE ACROSS -- vociferous Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer shouts his instructions from the dugout.

Fed-up Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer called for his side to improveme in the final third after their 0-0 draw with 10 man Rushden & Diamonds.

The Diamonds were a man light for 66 minutes of the game leaving Palmer feeling his side had dropped vital two points.

Palmer said: “You must consider that they played us away and they beat us well, whereas today we have given them a good game, but I’m still disappointed that we lost two points.

“I’ve got to be happy with the clean sheet but I felt that we created enough chances to win, we’ve got to improve in the final third.

“When you look back on the game we had a lot of the ball, but I think we need to look after the ball a lot better and provide more quality into the final third.”

The Nailers thought that they had won it in the dying moments of the game when Evan Garnett tapped into an empty goal from a Ruben Wiggins-Thomas cross.

However the raised flag of the linesman ruled out the forward’s goal and condemned Belper to just the single point.

Palmer was unsure as to whether the goal should have stood; but, says that it would not be the first time that his team have been let down by the officials this season.

He said: “When your luck is down your luck is down, it looked like a good goal, but as soon as he put it in the back of the net the flag was up.

“If I’m honest, I’ve not been impressed with the officials throughout the season and it may be yet another decision that’s gone against us and cost us.”

But Palmer feels his side have improved from the team who were thumped 4-1 at home in the reverse fixture.

When the two sides met earlier in the season; the Nailers were convincingly beaten , with them losing 4-1 at home.

Palmer said: “I think we have improved, some supporters will have their own views, but I’ve got to please my chairman and my players.

“The players have acknowledged that we have improved as a side, players have improved and we are going in the right direction.

“People will have their own opinions, I respect their opinions, but I know that with the group of players I’ve got, we are going in the right direction.”

Palmer’s side face Rugby Town at home with his players having a two week break between these two fixtures before facing the relegation threatened side.