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Swan backing under-fire boss
11:56am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
CHAIRMAN Chris Swan has leapt to the defence of manager Liam McDonald after Redditch United’s humiliating FA Cup replay exit at the hands of minnows Atherstone.
The Reds crashed out in the first qualifying round when they were beaten 2-1 at the Valley Stadium on Monday night by the Midland Combination Premier side, who play three levels below United.
Redditch had forced the replay after drawing 3-3 with the Adders in Warwickshire on Saturday and had taken the lead in Redditch through winger Jamie Molyneux.
But they were stunned by Lee Chapman’s leveller, before keeper Sam Hornby was sent off for a foul on Lee Smith, who sealed United’s fifth straight home defeat in all competitions this season.
Swan was disappointed by the cup exit and missing out on the chance to generate some extra funds for the club, but is confident McDonald, 28, was having a positive impact.
He said: “It was disappointing to go out of the cup and I can understand why the fans were unhappy but I am confident Liam will turn things around.
“He’s trying to play an attacking style of football and there’s no doubt that we’re scoring a lot more goals than last season.
“The big problem is the defence is really struggling but that’s something we can work on and I am sure it will get better.”
McDonald is still trying to add some experience to his leaky defence, which has conceded 28 goals in nine games.
After seven matches, the Reds are fifth from bottom but Saturday’s visitors Biggleswade (3pm ko) are only one point better off in the Calor Southern League Premier.
McDonald has vowed to sort out of the woes at the back which are costing Redditch so dearly.
He said: “I can only apologise to the fans for Monday’s defeat, it was not good enough.
“I can ensure them I am working seven days a week to fix those problems and that the players were all upset by the FA Cup exit.
“It’s a lost opportunity to progress in the cup against lower league opposition.
”We are work hard in training on defending but individual mistakes are costing us.”
FA Cup match reports — Page 82
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