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Reaction from Stamford AFC manager Graham Drury after the draw with AFC Sudbury





Frustrated manager Graham Drury admitted his side's failure to see out games could cost Stamford a shot at finishing in the play-offs this season.

After being pegged back by a late leveller at Stourbridge last weekend, the Daniels squandered a two-goal lead as they shared the spoils in Saturday's home match with AFC Sudbury at the Zeeco Stadium.

The Suffolk side scored twice in nine second half minutes to dent the Daniels' hopes of securing a top five finish in their first season back at step three of the non-league pyramid.

Tendai Chitiza. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Tendai Chitiza. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Rob Morgan. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Rob Morgan. Photo: Rob O'Brien

Drury said: "We've dropped four points from the last two games from leading positions and teams who are going to be in the play-offs don't do that.

"I thought in the first half that my team played exactly how I wanted us to. We played percentages to get in behind them so we could connect the lines from that.

"We got the first goal from that and we started the second half really well.

Florian Tsagium. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Florian Tsagium. Photo: Rob O'Brien

"We got that second goal but we just haven't got the know-how to see games through.

"It has cost us four points in the league table in the last two games at a crucial time.

"We've got 12 games left and, if we can see eight of those out from leading positions, then we'll make the play-offs. But, if we carry on doing what we're doing, then we'll finish 10th."

Tendai Chitiza. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Tendai Chitiza. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Jack Duffy. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Jack Duffy. Photo: Rob O'Brien

Stamford did spurn a gilt-edged chance to win the match when skipper Rob Morgan saw an injury-time penalty saved with the last kick of the contest.

Sudbury had earlier scored from the spot to halve the deficit with both teams being awarded penalties for hand-ball.

Drury commented: "I do think that the referee has got both penalties wrong.

Rob Morgan. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Rob Morgan. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Lee Shaw. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Lee Shaw. Photo: Rob O'Brien

"I don't think either was a penalty because they were too close to the ball to get their arms out of the way.

"I don't know if the referee has evened it up with ours, but I thought he had quite a decent game.

"Morgs has stuck six away this season and you tend to think about putting your house on it but it was a nervy time for him.

"He's usually ice cold but this time it was a bit too hot for him and the penalty was a nice height for the keeper who has made a good save."

The draw leaves Stamford in seventh spot, four points outside the play-off places. They travel to Alvechurch next weekend.



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