Stafford Rangers manager Steve Burr confident cup run can improve league points tally

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Stafford Rangers manager Steve Burr believes his side’s impressive run in the Integro Cup this season can help improve performances in the league despite failing to win in their last five Northern Premier Division matches.

On Tuesday night, Rangers advanced into the quarter-finals of the Integro Cup in front of their own fans after overcoming Marine 4-2 on penalties with the game finishing 1-1 after 90 minutes.

After the match Burr said: “I was disappointed with the first half. We didn’t look like doing anything and I lost my temper at half-time because I didn’t think the performance was acceptable but it was much better in the second-half.

“To be honest, we should have had the game out of sight, with their goal, the ball was in the six-yard box and we should be dealing with it and that’s disappointing.

“Their keeper made some good saves in the first half and we put some decent balls in the box at times.

“The header from Luke Jones was textbook and he could have had a hat-trick. He went through a couple of times and didn’t finish them off.”

Burr, a former striker for Stafford Rangers and Macclesfield Town, knows that his team’s points return in the league needs to improve but believes the confidence that comes from a cup run could help push Stafford up the table.

He said: “The points return in the league this season has been very poor and unacceptable. I came away from the Buxton game and we created a lot of chances but we’ve got to put the ball in the back of the net.

“As an ex-striker myself, I look at the chances we create and fail to score and get really frustrated.

“It was nice to go through and I think we deserved it. Hopefully this can be a platform now to go into Saturday’s game and start picking up points in the league because the sooner we start killing teams off, I’m confident we will shoot up the league table.”

Despite their poor league form of late, Rangers are only three wins away from their second piece of silverware in two years after they won the Staffordshire Senior Cup last season but Burr is fully focused on Stafford’s league position come the end of the season.

He said: “Of course, I want to win something this year if we can but the league is the most important. I think at the moment, it’s not far enough along the season to be thinking about other games.”

Stafford Rangers next travel to Greater Manchester to face Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday.

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