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No crisis at Kellaway says Helston boss Sid Taylor
Sid Taylor was scathing in his appraisal of Helston’s performance against Dobwalls on Saturday, but says it’s far too early for people to write off their chances of clinching promotion from division one west this season.
The Blues have suffered a poor start to their league campaign, with three wins and three losses in their first six games.
But the defeat at Kellaway Parc at the weekend was particularly difficult for Taylor (pictured) to take, and after the game he and his players were involved in a frank exchange of views about where things had been going wrong.
“We told them a few home truths after the game, and it’s upset a few players who can’t take criticism,” Taylor said.
“So we had a big set to and put all our cards on the table, and now hopefully we can put it behind us and move on.”
Taylor added: “I think over the last four years some of these players have got used to winning, and now this season some of their true characters have come out. We’ve lost a few games and our reaction to that hasn’t been great - we’ve made excuses and blamed a lot of different things.
“But at the end of the day the squad I put out on Saturday wasn’t that different to the one we finished last year with - it’s a talented squad and we should be doing better.”
Taylor has also had to contend with unwanted attention from clubs in the Peninsula League’s premier division, who at the first sniff of blood in the water have begun circling around some of Helston’s more influential players.
“The tapping up of players is making life hard at the moment,” admitted Taylor.
“I think the window should close at the end of August and re-open in January because at the moment if you criticise someone and they can’t take it they just go somewhere else. I think it’s a big problem in Cornish football, and contributes towards players’ attitudes towards clubs - they’re very much in the driving seat.”
But with just six games played it’s far too early to sound the alarm, and Talyor is confident results will pick up.
“When we set out on this journey four years ago the object was to become an established Peninsula League club,” he said, “and this is just another challenge in my managerial career. Three defeats in a row and we need to turn it around, but it’s not crisis time. We need to put it behind us.”