DAVE Langston has again bemoaned the individual errors which have hit his Rocester side’s progress this season after a 3-2 home defeat to Kirby Muxloe.
The Romans lost out at Hillsfield on Tuesday night, but were back in the game at 2-1 when an error from Dan McLeod allowed the Leicestershire visitors to get back on top.
“These mistakes are getting to me a little bit,” Langston said ahead of tomorrow’s trip to high-flying Tipton Town. “We absolutely annihilated them football wise.
“We had chance after chance and when we got to 2-1, I thought we’d win it.
“Then the mistake happens. It’s frustrating because Dan was probably our best player in the last two games.
“The preparation was no different, the shape was the same and the performance was good.
“It’s these silly, avoidable mistakes from players.”
Rocester are playing catch-up in the Midland Alliance after their FA Vase run put them behind schedule, but Langston has warned that their intense programme could catch up with them.
After Tipton tomorrow they host Loughborough University in the quarter-final of the Midland Alliance Cup on Tuesday evening.
Luckily for the manager, his son, Jack, is hitting form at the right time after a poor start to the season.
Langston Snr does not like to heap too much praise on his teenage son, but reckons he is back to his best, form which attracted Burton Albion to bring him into their academy set-up.
“Jack wasn’t great at the start of the season,” said the Romans boss. “I’m not sure if the move to Rushall and back did him any favours at all.
“But the last three games he’s been excellent – really good.
“I’m very critical of him and that won’t change.
“But credit where credit’s due, he’s done very well.
“There are a few who’ve been outstanding recently. Mensah in a midfield three has been great, as have Chris Sterling and Edwin Ahenkorah up front.
“Mensah in the midfield three looks absolutely awesome – his pace means people can’t get near him sometimes.
“He loves it there and is so enthusiastic about doing his job.”
Centre-half Chris McComisky is unavailable tomorrow because of work commitments, while full-back Carl Allen is hoping to have got over the flu.
Winger Ryan Grocott (knee) is doubtful after injuring himself playing in a basketball match at university.
ROMANS FROM: Froggatt, Pirrie, Bullock, Rogers, Allen, Kinch, Langston, Swain, Sterling, Leonard, Ahenkorah, McLeod, Bromley, Johnson, Grocott, Smith.