10:00AM, Thursday 12 September 2019
James Akintunde. Photo: Darren Woolley
Alan Devonshire has admitted he'll have to come up with a new formula for winning matches at York Road, as home form continues to elude the Magpies.
United are unbeaten away from home, with four wins and a draw to their name, but on home soil they've been turned over three times, with the side losing 1-0 to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.
Their magnificent away form is the main reason for the side sitting fourth in the National League after 10 matches, but Devonshire knows that could quickly change if they don’t find a way to start picking up points on a regular basis at York Road.
“I don’t know why (we’ve been good away from home). Maybe we’re a counter-attack-ing team, I don’t know,” he said.
“We don’t do anything differently. I try to be a little more
expansive at home sometimes but it doesn’t seem to have worked. We’ll have to try a different formula and we’ll see what happens.
“We’ve had a good start. But we know how tough this league can be and you can go 10 games without a win and suddenly you’re in the relegation zone.
“We’ve got to make sure we bounce back now from this.
“We’ve got a tough run of games coming up, as they always are in this league.”
There was very little between the two sides at the weekend, with Ryan Upward’s handball resulting in James Dobson sticking away the game’s only goal from the penalty spot.
In a scrappy game of few chances, Maidenhead kept pressing for a leveller and struck the post through James Akintunde’s low effort. But it just wasn't their day.
“To lose to a goal like that is disappointing,” said Devonshire. “It’s given them a big lift after only two minutes of the second half. Ryan felt he was pushed (in conceding the penalty). I’m not going to make any complaints, they’ve won 1-0, but it’s not nice to lose a game to a controversial decision.
“Taye’s only had to make one or two saves. Their keeper’s made a couple of saves as well but there’s no excuses. I just don’t think we were very good today.
“I thought Aki (Akintunde) had equalised. I thought it was in the back of the net. It must have hit the post or something.
“But there weren’t many chances in the whole game.
“I thought our midfield was poor for the first time (this season).
“Aki made a difference when he came on but we just lacked a bit of quality now and then.
“We’ll just have to have another go next week. Hopefully a few boys will be back (for Barnet) but it’s just caught up with us at the moment.”
Maidenhead remain in the play-off places after four of the top seven lost last weekend.
They visit 12th-placed Barnet on Saturday, who haven't played in the league since their 2-1 win at Eastleigh on August 31.
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