Curzon boss Flanagan reacts to FA Trophy defeat
Monday 27th November 2017 @ 15:26 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton manager John Flanagan has reacted angrily to his side’s 3-1 loss at Leamington in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

The Nash took the lead through Niall Cummins, but subsequently conceded three goals that brought a premature end to their run in the competition this season.

Flanagan’s side entered the competition in fairly high spirits, having shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw against a rejuvenated Southport outfit the previous weekend.

However, for the fourth time in as many matches, Curzon conceded a penalty that put the game beyond doubt and subsequently booked Leamington’s place in the next round against Bradford Park Avenue or Stourbridge at home.

Flanagan believes Leamington were worthy winners in what he described as a game of two halves. Speaking to Curzon’s media team following the match, he said: “I thought we started the game ok – the pitch was bumpy, quite narrow and a little bit open and windy, so the conditions weren’t great, which can always influence how it goes.

“We applied ourselves well; we created chances and scored a very good first goal.

“We had chances to get more than one, but couldn’t get the second goal which is crucial. On the whole I’d say we were on top, and they were only creating bits and pieces, but nothing of any real concern.

“They were worthy winners in the end and I was very disappointed with our lack of ability to play it from one player to another. We really struggled with it and it was as poor in that second half as I’ve seen us for a long time.”

Ryan Brooke made his first appearance for the club since returning at the start of November, while Jordan Wright completed a full 90 minutes after a lengthy absence due to injury. Flanagan was pleased with both players’ performance, adding: “It was good to see Ryan back in a Curzon shirt; a difficult one for him to come into.

“Jordan, I thought, was one of few players who wasn’t open to criticism really. I thought he put a lot of effort in, and he looked sharp, particular in the first half, but understandably he was flogging a dead horse on his own in there at times.”

Due to a quirk in the fixture list, Curzon are without a game this weekend, providing Flanagan with some much-needed thinking time. He said: “We haven’t got a game next week, and that might benefit the players, because I might have calmed down a little bit by then. If we had a midweek game, then there might be a few casualties.”

When the Nash do return to league action, they’ll be on the road once again – this time to North Ferriby United on Saturday 9 December.

A full interview with Flanagan can be heard here:  https://audioboom.com/posts/6515073-lemington-3-1-curzon-ashton-john-flanagan-s-post-match-interview