18th Nov, 2019

Red cards must stop - Gardiner

Worcester Editorial 26th Aug, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTER City’s ill-disciplined start to the season will be ‘dealt with swiftly’, according to joint manager Matt Gardiner.

The Blue and Whites found themselves down to ten men for the fourth time in just five games when they lost 3-2 against Chorley at the weekend when Sean Geddes was sent for an early bath for two bookable offences.

That follows Kieran Morris’ two yellows on the opening day at Gainsborough Trinity, Ashley Vincent’s straight red against Lowestoft Town and Clayton McDonald’s dismissal in the defeat against Solihull Moors.

“Four out of five is a concern and it is not right,” Gardiner said.

“We are constantly fire-fighting and we feel for the other players that are staying on the pitch.

“Mental discipline is vital. Concentration levels and continuing to do the right things and make the right choices are what need to start doing because we have got good players and can push on, but if we keep making mistakes on that foundation we have got nothing to build on.

“From the players’ perspective they know the consequences of what has happened, because we have not got the points on the board, but the discipline from the club’s perspective we will deal with and deal with it swiftly.”

Defeat to Chorley means City have won just one of their opening five games, but Gardiner was pleased with the attacking aspect of his side’s game, which saw Daniel Nti put in another stellar performance and bag himself a brace.

“I am really pleased with Dan,” he added. “He has started well and it is a big season for him.

“Going forward we are getting into more attacking positions to put people under more pressure.

“It is still not quite there by any stretch of the imagination – we have got work to do there – but if we concede the goals we do there’s no foundation to build on.

“The goals we conceded were just not acceptable,” he added.

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