Manager’s blast for ‘lazy Loxwood’ after defeat

Loxwood's Paul White went close late on
Loxwood's Paul White went close late on

Loxwood manager Dave Cocracchio blasted his side after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Rustington in County League Division 2.

The Magpies were made to pay for defensive errors in the 4-1 loss, and Cocracchio labelled the first loss of his tenure as a bad day at the office.

“We have gone from two really good team performances, to the worst since the start of the season,” he said. “We were not disciplined, we were not careful with our possession and lazy off the ball. We gave them instructions at half time, but they could not have reacted any worse.”

Loxwood made a lively enough start, with two good chances for Joe Benn in his first start, but Steve Kirkham put the hosts in front when the Magpies were guilty of ball watching. It looked like the visitors would get back on terms when awarded a penalty for handball, but Joe Holvey saw his spot kick hit keeper and crossbar twice before bouncing to safety.

Three quick fire goals around the hour mark, from Chris Kirkham, Chris Matthews and Steve Kirkham put the game out of reach, although Elliot Hawkes scored a well worked consolation when released by Shaun Findlay, while Findlay and Paul White both went close.

Cocracchio added: “If we had scored earlier, they might have crumbled and we could have got something from it.”