McIntosh asks for ruthlessness

Martin McIntosh will be looking to Lee Morris (above) amongst others, to boost the Bucks' fortunes.
Martin McIntosh will be looking to Lee Morris (above) amongst others, to boost the Bucks' fortunes.

Martin McIntosh wants his team to be able to kill sides off, after they dropped two league points in stoppage time last weekend.

The Buxton manager watched as his side was held to a 1-1 draw away at struggling Stafford Rangers, after the ten-man hosts equalised in the 90th minute.

That was the ninth goal this season that the Bucks have conceded in the last ten minutes of a league match and those late goals have ended up costing McIntosh’s team nine points in total.

Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Barwell at the Silverlands, McIntosh told the Advertiser that he wants his players to hold on for the points when the clock starts ticking down.

He said: “A problem of ours has been that we haven’t finished off teams enough.

“When games should have been done and dusted, sometimes we have ended up losing points.

“The main thing for me though, is that we’re creating plenty of chances.

“Against Stafford I think almost all the players, including defenders such as Tim Ryan and Grant Black, had chances on their goal.”

Against Stafford, striker Mark Reed had given the Bucks a 1-0 lead after coming off the bench to score his third goal of the campaign.

However, McIntosh insists that Reed, whose season has been plagued by injuries, will not be rushed back into a starting role too soon.

He added: “The problem with Mark is that he hasn’t had a full 90 minutes since the start of September.

“The last thing I want to do is risk losing him for weeks or months so I’ll be taking care with how I use Mark for the moment.”

The Bucks have a fully-fit squad for Saturday.