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Killick critical of defending as Poole held by Bideford
The Dolphins, who are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season, were thankful to a late goal from Will Spetch to secure a point.
But although a share of the spoils maintained their unbeaten start and left them fourth in the Southern Premier League, Killick was far from happy.
“It was a terrible game for us,” said Killick, who felt his side should have won the game comfortably with the number of chances they created.
“To drop points at home in the manner that we did and to be so inadequate in terms of our defending, it wasn’t good enough. Our mentality was dreadful.
“There were no positives to come out of the game from my point of view. We were fairly incompetent from start to finish. I can tolerate mistakes but not when they are being repeated on a regular basis.”
Killick’s men fell behind inside the first minute when Bideford’s Sean Downing found himself unopposed and headed home after a neat flick inside the area.
In a frantic first half, Poole managed to respond through talismanic striker Richard Gillespie, who maintained his scintillating form by notching two goals in the space of eight minutes to put the home side ahead.
But the Dolphins were caught napping again three minutes later when Craig Duff hit them on the counter and drilled the ball past Dan Thomas to put the visitors level.
Things got worse for Poole when Richard Groves added to their misery, his free-kick finding the bottom corner to put the home side behind at the break.
After piling the pressure on in the latter stages, Poole finally took their chance when substitute Ekow Elliott’s cross fell for Spetch to poke home and send the home fans delirious just three minutes from time.
Although his side mustered a late equaliser, the Poole manager was eager to insist that it was not enough.
He added: “We are just too easy to break down at the moment, too easy to play against and we need to change that. It’s all about our mentality. We have talked about it and I am confident we can see an improvement starting Saturday.
“I have not lost any belief in the players. I was just frustrated because this was a big opportunity lost. Those were two precious points that we will not get back.
“The league and the play-off positions will be decided by very few points, possibly two, so this could be the difference between being in the play-offs or not.
“There are very small margins between success and failure, everyone knows that. It was two points thrown away.”
Killick will want more from his side when they entertain 16th placed Burnham at Tatnam on Saturday.
Dolphins: Thomas, Clarke, Spetch, Oliver (Byerley, 69), Whisken, Pettefer (Cane, 53), Davies, Brooks, Gillespie, Preston, Cann (Elliott, 65). Unused subs: Dibba, Hutchings (g/k).
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