Roma laments defensive errors after 3-0 defeat

Dominic Roma
Dominic Roma

Dominic Roma blamed defensive errors for Gainsborough Trinity’s 3-0 defeat at Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday but acknowledged his side lost to the better team.

The result leaves Trinity 18th in the table, just three points outside the relegation zone.

And having lost out to a side with promotion hopes, Roma conceded it was a tough task for his players.

He said: “I was really impressed with Kidderminster. They moved the ball well, their midfield rotation was really good and they were comfortable on the ball. But none of that counts when it comes to us getting tight to stop shots.

“The early goals saw us stand off too much. We work during the week on asking the lads to defend a certain way but we allowed them in too easily. It’s the basic fundamentals of football that we’re not adhering to and you can’t legislate for that.

“We responded well but it shouldn’t take a goal conceded to kick us into life. We’re up against a full-time team who can work on things more as a result but we should have scored with the pressure we put on them.”

Roma also lamented the timing of the second Harriers goal, adding: “If we could get them in at half-time at 1-0 we’re still in with a chance of winning the game but then we’ve not tracked their lad properly and it’s suddenly 2-0. The third came from our throw in, we didn’t win the second ball, they’ve switched it and got the goal.”

Having not scored in the last three games, Roma is now contemplating reinforcements to solve the problem with a trip to Alfreton Town in the FA Trophy imminent on Saturday.

He said: “It’s something we might have to look at but we’re not in a position to go out and spend a lot of money. We have to work within our budget and our season won’t hinge on a defeat away at Kidderminster.

“The FA Trophy will be a good distraction and a chance to get some money in the coffers.”