I am more frustrated than everybody else about the outcome of last nights game but the reaction and criticism of the players is unfair and irrational.

Firstly the game, we fielded a side missing 5  influential and key players, the first half was fairly even however their goal keeper pulled of two amazing saves. The second half we dominated and rightly went back in front. Yes their equalizer in injury time was infuriating and the players involved have held their hands up and apologized, a massive stroke of luck for Guisborough but that’s football. People seem to think that these things do not effect the players on the pitch but it does and we went from having the game under control and virtually into the semi final to being taken to extra time,  that was a huge kick in the bollocks to our players and a huge boost to their confidence. The third goal was poor but more down to tiredness.

Both sets of players ran themselves into the ground and credit must go to the Guisborough team for defending superbly at times and keeping themselves in the game.

Yes we conspired to beat ourselves on the night with the poor goals but to suggest there was a lack of effort or desire is disrespectful to this excellent set of lads.

Until last night we had gone 13/14 games unbeaten, we have no divine right to win every game. People cannot question the lads effort or commitment every time we lose a game! We are not premiership players and we will make mistakes, I was proud of my lads efforts and desire last night and I am sure the Guisborough manager will have been proud of his lads as well. It put the rubbish I watch in the premiership to shame!!

We have a very special changing room and trust me the lads will react positively to last nights disappointment.

5 responses to “Message from Gary Forrest after last night’s result”

  1. Ray Gowan says:

    As the last long-serving Manager, before GF, of this great club, I understand totally Garry’s sentiments and can only echo his last paragraph in respect of effort and commitment.I follow Shildon FC’s every kick from 6000 miles away and only wish that I could witness first-hand their current wonderful performances. Well done Gary and well done the lads – now go on and win the league for us all!

  2. neil hope says:

    Well explained gary we will carry on doing wot we do best on saturday thats winning.

  3. John D. Hill says:

    Good response from the manager and well done Shildon for the great season so far.

  4. John Appleby says:

    Well said Gary. Every time I’ve come to watch Shildon , if I’m not at my beloved Hartlepool United, I’ve seen nothing but commitment, passion, honesty and bloody good, blood and guts football. I was even up for your game at Bedlington, and was GUTTED! When you just lost out on the league title. The criticism in my opinion is very unfare, but granted I don’t see you every week, but everyone has the right to their opinion. I’ve been made very very welcome every time I’ve come to Shildon by your great fans and craic in the clubhouse, so any negativity is a shock to be honest! Come on lads n lasses, get behind my 2cnd team. Good luck gaz,stu, and crew, get that title bagged for 2016!!

  5. Superb response in supporting your lads efforts on the pitch and there amazing run of wins. Keep up the good work and get winning again which you have done again already. All the best Howay the lads.

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