Froggatt: We blew it again

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Belper Town play-manager Jon Froggatt spoke of his disbelief after watching his side blow a vital led deep in injury-time.

It loked like relegation-threatened Nailers were going to snatch a vital win at Trafford, before they conceded with the last kick of the game.

It was the second week in a row that a late lapse in concentration cost Belper two crucial points.

Said Froggatt: “I can’t believe it. Last week we came from a goal down to take the lead for the first time this season before we conceded a late goal, and we’ve done exactly the same this weekend.

“I asked the lads to show their desire and fight at half time when we were 1-0 down, and they came out second half and showed a lot of character.

“I thought we were the better team and we deserved to win the game. I genuinely believe Trafford will have been relieved at the final whistle to come away with something.

“The two goals we conceded were harsh. The first was from their number 7 who I said before the game was their danger man, and we’ve let him in too easily there.

“As for the second goal, it was very hard to stomach. We’ve switched off right at the end and they’ve reacted first to the ball. We simply can’t allow that to happen.”

The Nailers have picked up five points from their last four games, with only one defeat, and Froggatt hopes the belief in his team in growing after a run of good performances.

“We played excellent against Stamford and deserved the win,” added Froggatt. “We deserved to get beat against Nantwich but then the next two games against Marine and Trafford were deserved to win, but we’ve conceded really late goals in both games to only draw them.

“I know it’s only ifs and buts, but we should be waking up this morning having got nine points from four games, not five.

This is a vital period for us now over Christmas, and we must continue to play with the same belief that we have done in recent week. It’s fine margins at the moment and we’re very close to winning successive games that’ll move us up the table.”

Froggatt also paid tribute to the travelling supporters, insisting their support is vital to the teams fortunes for the remainder of the season.

Said Froggatt: “The fans were excellent again. They give up their Saturday’s and come a long way to support us and we’re very grateful for that. I heard them chanting my name throughout and they chanted my name when I scored, and it makes such a difference and gives us that extra push we need. I hope we can start picking victories up and put the smiles back on their faces, because they deserve it.”