Cowley offers no excuses for thrashing

PUBLISHED: 15:59 08 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009

CITIZENS boss Howard Cowley said there were no excuses for him or his players after they were blown away 8-0 at the weekend. WGC embarrassingly conceded four goals in each half as they were destroyed by a relentless Beaconsfield SYCOB team in their firs

CITIZENS boss Howard Cowley said there were "no excuses" for him or his players after they were blown away 8-0 at the weekend.

WGC embarrassingly conceded four goals in each half as they were destroyed by a relentless Beaconsfield SYCOB team in their first game of 2008.

After his side's 14th league defeat of the season and seventh in 10 games, Cowley said: "We didn't deserve to get anything from the match and clearly didn't.

"Most of the game it was men against boys, they were physically fitter, stronger and sharper throughout than we were.

"We looked as though we didn't want to accept the physical challenge and let them intimidate us, not unfairly, but just because of their physical presence and desire."

WGC will be hoping this crushing defeat was a one-off and that things can only get better.

Cowley, now in his third term with the club, said: "These sorts of things do happen from time to time.

"You have to live with that, but they shouldn't happen and they shouldn't happen like that.

"I've got no excuses for them or no excuses for myself or my players."

With a young nucleus of players, Cowley warned his team to learn quickly if they want to succeed at this level of the game. He added: "Some of my players have got good technical ability but that counts for nothing if you haven't got strength and desire to show and to stand up to what the opposition give you.

"We can have no complaints about the result, we got exactly what we deserved.

"I can handle that as I told the players afterwards if they can realise what was wrong and then do something about it."

Beaconsfield stretched their unbeaten streak to nine league games as they tore apart the Citizens as they recorded their biggest win of the season.

When asked if he could take anything from the game, Cowley said: "The only positive we can take from this is when the next game comes around and seeing how people react because then I will know whether they actually have got something about them."

City face Brimsdown Rovers tonight (Tuesday) in the SML Challenge Trophy.

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