Weston manager Marc McGregor rues ‘unacceptable’ second half performance at Bognor Regis in FA Cup defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:55 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:55 20 September 2017

Goalscorer Jake Reid at Bognor Regis on Saturday. Picture: Will T Photography.

Goalscorer Jake Reid at Bognor Regis on Saturday. Picture: Will T Photography.

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Weston manager Marc McGregor slammed his side’s second half performance as they crashed out of the FA Cup in the second round qualifying at Bognor Regis Town on Saturday.

Ashley Harper tries to win the ball at Bognor Regis. Picture: Will T Photography. Ashley Harper tries to win the ball at Bognor Regis. Picture: Will T Photography.

He said the showing after the break was ‘not acceptable’ and they should have at least secured a replay at The Woodspring Stadium, after the Seagulls took the lead at Nyewood Lane – only to lose 2-1 in injury time.

McGregor added: “The second half wasn’t acceptable from the first whistle really. We weren’t at it and we slowed up.”

Two minutes before the break, Tristan Plummer’s shot from distance was deflected in by Jake Reid and it was the Seagulls in the ascendency at half time.

But the second half started poorly for Weston and the home side were almost immediately back in the game.

A low cross into the box from the right wing took a deflection off Aden Baldwin and past Luke Purnell to level it up.

As injury time came to an end, James Crane got on the end of a deep cross and headed the ball home past Purnell.

This is the second year in a row the Seagulls have exited the FA Cup at their first attempt after they were dumped out by North Leigh last season.

McGregor said after the match improvements need to be made all over the pitch.

He said: “From all the good work we did in the first half, where we could have been two or three nil up, the second half wasn’t good enough and we have addressed that.

“The lads have chatted between themselves as we came out a little bit soft and that can’t happen. It didn’t happen to me as a player, so I don’t want it to happen as a manager.

“We dropped deep and looked like we were protecting the one-goal lead and our decision-making was not good enough in the final third. We should have at least got back to The Woodspring and I think the players know that. They are really disappointed.”

Weston now face top of the league Dartford in the National League South on Saturday at The Woodspring Stadium. The Seagulls will be hoping they can extend their unbeaten run to four matches in the league.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

You can read the match report and reaction from Marc McGregor, after the match, at www.westonmercury.co.uk /sport

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