07:00PM, Wednesday 28 April 2021
Midfielder Dan Sparkes admits Maidenhead United struggled for a cutting edge in Tuesday's disappointing 1-0 defeat to Weymouth at York Road.
Sparkes accepted the Magpies had produced a below par performance after conceding a 'sloppy' first half goal to the Terras' Calvin Brooks.
Weymouth have been something of a bogey team for United this season, beating them three times in all competitions despite sitting in the lower reaches of the National League table.
Once again United created chances but unlike in their previous two victories over Woking (2-1) and Wealdstone (6-0) they failed to show their teeth in the final third, with Danilo Orsi-Dadomo striking a post in the first half and missing from the penalty spot in the final minutes of the game.
The home side spurned several chances to bag at least a share of the spoils but the Terras clung onto their advantage to inflict a first defeat in five matches on Alan Devonshire's men.
Sparkes’ lively performance on the left side of the Magpies midfield was a minor positive to take from a result that has once again knocked back their hopes of getting back into play-off contention. The 29-year-old wasn't feeling particularly upbeat at the final whistle but said the squad would 'wipe the slate clean'.
“For our standards, that was well below par,” said Sparkes. “We got in some good areas in the first half but our final touch was sloppy which isn’t like us at all.
“I was getting some good balls in down the sides and that’s what the gaffer wants me to do – he wants those quick deliveries in the box.
“But, we just didn’t have that final cutting edge which we’ve shown in the last three or four games. We were off it, simple as that. The goal they (Weymouth) scored was sloppy to concede but we had plenty of chances to take something from the game after.”
On Orsi-Dadomo’s penalty miss, Sparkes added: “Danilo has been banging goals in left, right, and centre for us so that miss isn’t going to knock his confidence. Even the best players miss penalties, he’ll pick himself up.
“He struck it well but it was just too close to the ‘keeper. Ross is a big lad and I almost got on the rebound but their defenders followed it in pretty quick. It summed up our performance to be fair. We will just have to wipe the slate clean and train even harder.”
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