TIGERS may have qualified for the final of the Sheffield Senior Cup on Monday night, but assistant manager Dave Frecklington wasn’t celebrating.
After taking charge of the side in the absence of first team boss Simon Clark, who was scouting players at the Evo-Stik Division One play-off semi-final, ‘Frecks’ lambasted the attitude of his players.
Speaking to the Guardian after the battle against County Senior side Penistone Church, he said: “You expect a battle from teams that are four or five leagues below you.”
“What you don’t expect is your players to turn up with that kind of attitude and put that kind of shift in.”
“We’ve known for a long time about our mental strength and tonight is another example of that.”
“I wasn’t surprised, I knew it would happen. Our mental strengths aren’t there.”
“I’ve told the players they should be ashamed, Penistone were the better side and deserved to go through. We got through. It’s nothing to shout about.”
The former Stamford assistant did have encouraging words for Under 19 prospect Khalid Alali, who came off the bench to score the winner.
Frecklington said: “Young Khalid comes on, shows a great desire to get in the box and scores with a great header. That’s the kind of attitude you need.”
“And then he pops up to clear one off the line and stop the equaliser going in. He’s 19 year old, coming out of the youth team, and he’s shone to be fair.”
Despite the performance, Frecklington wants Tigers to go on and finish the season on a high to reward the loyal supporters who have travelled in numbers to each away game this season.
“We’re into a final and it would be great to wrap the season up with a trophy for the supporters. It’s all about them. They’ve been great all season.”
“When you get the kind of backing that we have, the lads need to realise that there aren’t many clubs at this level who get that kind of support.”
“It’s not until they leave the club and go to clubs that aren’t as big that they’ll realise they’ve messed it up.”