Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith says team need a win

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Hednesford Town manager Rob Smith said the team were stuck in a rut after they lost a third league game on the trot 3-1 to Harrogate Town.

Hednesford took the lead on four minutes when on loan striker Greg Pearson netted his first goal for the Pitmen after a Neil Harvey shot was originally saved.

But in the second half, goals from Liam Hardy (47), Chris Hall (82) and Cleveland Taylor (92) gave the visitors all three points.

Smith said he thought his team showed the commitment they were lacking when the Pitmen were beaten 5-1 away at the then league’s basement club Gloucester City.

He said: “We killed ourselves with conceding that goal just after half time, then we didn’t take the chances we needed to.

“I thought we have played worse than that and won games.”

Smith was critical of a number of decisions made by the referee and other match officials after eight yellow cards were dished out.

Hednesford’s boss was unhappy about one of those cards going to his winger Jamey Osbourne and disputed it.

The Pitmen are back at home in league action against Stalybridge Celtic, who are based in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

Smith said: “We are in a bit of a rut at the moment and we need to get out of it.

“We need to show some character and bounce back with a win against them.”

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