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Pratt left fuming at Newquay defeat

By 8th February 2018

Pratt left fuming at Newquay defeat
FRUSTRATED FIGURE: Newquay manager Tony Mackellar was left ‘distraught’ by the performance of his squad in Saturday´s 5-0 Cornwall Senior Cup defeat at Mousehole

CHAIRMAN Don Pratt labelled Newquay’s 5-0 Cornwall Senior Cup defeat at Mousehole a ‘disgrace’ and admitted he had to talk manager Tony Mackellar out of resigning.

South West Peninsula Premier Division side Newquay crashed out of the competition in dramatic fashion, losing emphatically at the home of promotion-chasing Division One (West) Mousehole - managed by former Godolphin Atlantic boss Kevin Richards.

Goals from Luke Johnson, Kevin Lawrence, Tyler Tonkin, Paulo Sousa and Steven Ziboth stunned the Peppermints, who missed out on back-to-back Senior Cup semi-finals.

Mackellar was left ‘distraught’ by the performance of his squad, who were all but full strength, but has agreed to stay on and finish what he has started at the club.

Pratt said: “One word - disgrace. The only player missing was Tornado Bello who couldn’t get down there but, apart from that, we had a full team available. Mousehole were too quick for us, more direct, we wanted to play football and they didn’t. Their first goal was against the howling wind from 30 yards, the goalkeeper never stood a chance.

“We didn’t really create any chances at all, I don’t think their goalkeeper had to make a save. It was all in midfield, defence and nothing else. I said to Tony after the game, ‘what a disgrace’, and he was actually on the verge of resigning; he was so upset with the result. I said to him, ‘look, don’t do that, give yourself a chance’. He went home, thought about it and rang me up later to say that he has started to do a job and he is here to finish it which is a credit to him. In all honesty, they were a disgrace. Some of the supporters left a long time before the game was over, that is how bad it was.

“They just didn’t get going again. We started off pressing but didn’t get anywhere and when the first goal went in that was it. There was no fight in us at all. Two of the goals they put down to goalkeeper Zak Roberts but he is only as good as the defence in front of him. I didn’t go near the players after the game because I think what I would have said would have driven half of them away. Tony was so distraught that he walked away from the changing room and his assistant Danny O’Hagan went in and really let rip at them.

“We have got Exmouth at home now. The players have to play a hell of a lot better than they did last week and they have got to be more together, they have got to talk to one another. There was no talking going on apart from swearing and cussing from Shaun Middleton. He was in centre-midfield and he was overrun, he just couldn’t handle it, and that is unusual for Shaun. I think a lot of the players can’t get to training through work and one or two have quite a distance to travel. People did say to me that they weren’t fit. If they can’t get to training because they work during the week, they haven’t got a lot of time to do anything else.”

Saturday’s league game against Exmouth is a 3pm kick-off at Mount Wise.

By 8th February 2018

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