Don't panic, says Hucknall Town boss Andy Graves after back-to-back defeats shock supporters

Hucknall town manager Andy Graves.
Hucknall town manager Andy Graves.

Hucknall Town boss Andy Graves told players and supporters there was no panic after losing a second East Midlands Counties League game in a row, having only lost once all season before the New Year.

A 4-0 thumping at Heanor was followed by a 2-0 home defeat to Radford which prompted a few supporters to air their views.

However, Graves said: “Defeats are like buses aren't they? But a bit of perspective is required. We'd not lost two consecutive games since April 2016.

“We did create chances on Saturday, irrespective of some supporters' opinions, but we should have worked their keeper more.

“Being Hucknall you could see on social media that are fans are not used to losing. It's crazy, though I know it's only a minority. I've told the players not to respond.

“We know we are probably punching above our weight. Everyone said a mid-table finish in this league would be great this season, though we would like to finish in the top four if possible.

“We have certainly not been talking about titles as we don't have the resources for that and we have a small squad.”

Hucknall will attempt to bounce back against visiting Rainworth MW this Saturday, but Graves warned: “Rainworth won't be easy, they had a good result against Dunkirk last week. I just want the players to go out and enjoy it without putting pressure on ourselves.

“We won't panic and I am sure we will bounce back this weekend or soon. We've had a bit of a reputation for bad Januarys in the past. But we do want to stay in the hunt.”

Graves said spurned chances and individual errors combined to cost Hucknall last weekend.

“It looked like being a very tight 0-0, us having missed several chances in the first half,” he said. “But then we made two individual mistakes, one that was wind-assisted, and that killed the game.”

He added: “There are plenty of games and a long way to go yet.

“We lost to Heanor last week and they were beaten this week by Sherwood, who we beat. It shows anyone can beat anyone in this league if the other side don't take their chances.”