Richie McLoughlin has called on his Jarrow Roofing side to “stop the stupid mistakes” ahead of their Northern League Division One clash with Newcastle Benfield tomorrow.
Roofing head into the home game in 13th place in the league with eight points from their seven games.
The biggest change we can make is to the players mindset. I think it’s up to myself and Dava (assistant manager Ian Davison) to give the players a kick up the backside so that we can start winning games
They are also out of the FA Cup after going down 4-3 against Congleton Town on Saturday, a performance which McLoughlin described as “disgusting.”
But the Roofing supremo is hoping that his side will get better at seeing out games, saying: “On Saturday we didn’t steady ourselves and we started making mistakes.
“They scored from every shot they had on goal and at least three of them were through mistakes we had made.
“The performance was nowhere near good enough, to lose after being 2-0 up inside seven minutes was terrible.”
The season has seen inconsistent displays from the Boldon-based club with highs such as a fine 2-1 FA Cup win away at Bishop Auckland followed by a 4-2 defeat at Washington, and then winning 6-2 against Newton Aycliffe.
“A lot of it has been down to injuries and us missing players,” added McLoughlin. “We’ve been without Corey Barnes, Kieran Wrightson and Michael Riley for a large number of games so we haven’t been playing at full strength and have changed things a lot.
“The players know where the problems are and it is a mental issue rather than a problem with personnel.
“The biggest change we can make is to the players mindset. I think it’s up to myself and Dava (assistant manager Ian Davison) to give the players a kick up the backside so that we can start winning games.”
McLoughlin has also been quick to point out that the club’s defensive issues, which have lead to 20 league goals being conceded, the same number as have been scored, are unlikely to have been caused by the three at the back formation he likes to play.
“It doesn’t matter whether you play one at the back or 10 at the back, you will concede goals if you’re making mistakes and giving possession away like we are,” he added. “That’s where the problems lie.”
Roofing have re-signed goalkeeper Dan Regan who is expected to start against Benfield, while Danny Carson and Kieran Wrightson – who has recovered from a broken wrist – are both back in contention. Kick off at the Boldon Sports Ground is 3pm.