McIntosh targets improvement against Blyth

Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh.
Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh.
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Martin McIntosh is hoping for an improved showing from his players after their FA Trophy exit in midweek.

The Buxton manager watched his side bow out of the competition after defeat at lower-league Sheffield FC on Tuesday night.

The result means the Bucks are back in league action this weekend, with Blyth Spartans visitors to the Silverlands.

Speaking after the 1-0 loss at the Coach and Horses, McIntosh told the Advertiser: “I thought it was a very disappointing performance, very below-par.

“We didn’t work their goalkeeper and we didn’t perform well enough.

“I thought we were a shadow of the side that played against Marine last Saturday.

“I can’t put my finger on it to be honest but we certainly owe the supporters a performance on Saturday.”

The Trophy tie was the Bucks’ 22nd outing of the season already but McIntosh insists that is no viable reason for the dip in performance.

He added: “I know we’ve had over 20-odd matches already and we are only in November but I’m not making excuses.

“The Blyth game is a chance for us to put it right and I expect the players to respond.”