Former Manchester City star Shaun Goater says New Mills will improve

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After another painful week for New Mills AFC it is now played six and lost six for the new managerial duo of Andy Fearns and Shaun Goater.

On Monday they lost to a strong Glossop team 3-0 and this followed a very disappointing 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup away to Armthorpe Welfare last Saturday.

The defeat and the performance in the FA Cup was particularly poor as their opposition were from a lower league and the cup was an opportunity to earn some much needed prize money.

Fearns said: “We are a young side, still finding it’s feet, so we knew a few teams might have a bit too much physicality and know how for us but we need to cut out the needless errors.

“Saturday was a massive concern as we had a lot of possession but only created a few clear cut chances.

“We have a young, talented bunch but we have to adapt quickly to the physical nature of this league.

“The lads must learn to deal with this fast, and mature to a level where we can compete for the full 90 minutes.

“This week we will have additional training and and I never cease to be impressed by the tactical knowledge Shaun is able to impart.

“It is the responsibility of the players to take this instruction on board and apply it on the field of play.

“Hopefully we should have a few back form injury and i will be watching the Development Squad this Friday (home to Stalybridge Celtic, Friday 4th Sept 7.45pm) as there are a few younger lads who I need to see in a match situation.”.

Goater added: This is a hard league and the lad need to learn quickly. Against Glossop we spoke about not making individual errors and yet inside the first 10 minutes there were two errors and two goals.

“We need to start improving fast. The support and encouragement since I joined has been fantastic so please be patient, we will get better.”

The Millers are back in league action this Saturday, away to Warrington, and then travel to Brighouse Town on Monday 7th Sept.