AFC Fylde players challenged

AFC Fylde have scored five goals in their last two games but have won neither – and boss Chris Beech says that must change if they are to escape the lower reaches of the National League.
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Following last midweek’s 2-2 draw at FC Halifax Town, the Coasters had to settle for a 3-3 home draw with Dorking Wanderers last Saturday, having led 3-1 at half-time.

Those two points are all Fylde have to show for their last four games and they remain second-bottom ahead of this Saturday’s Mill Farm clash with mid-table Hartlepool United, where Beech made more than 100 League appearances in the 1990s.

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Fylde’s director of football told the club’s media team: “When you score three goals you have to be winning. With the amount of chances we’ve created, we need more killer instinct.

AFC Fylde host Hartlepool United tomorrow Picture: Steve McLellanAFC Fylde host Hartlepool United tomorrow Picture: Steve McLellan
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“I think it was 23 or 24 shots, which is another amazing stat.

“It’s high-energised, attacking football but there were aspects where I felt the players stepped off a little bit.

“We let the water into the building and the trickle turned into a river really, rather than being a little leak.

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“We gave them opportunity to get back into a game they shouldn’t get into and that needs managing out of these players.

“If we do that, with the attacking intent and pace we’ve got, we’re going to win a lot of games consecutively but we need to get to that point.”

As for renewing acquaintances with Hartlepool, Beech added: “There has been growth but we need to tighten up the defensive aspects and not just the defenders. You score together and you concede together.”