Shots keeper Young says players to blameBy Jon Couch
October 11, 2012
DOWNBEAT goalkeeper Jamie Young has urged his Aldershot Town team-mates to up their workrate in a bid to help end the club's recent slump in form.
The Australian stopper picked the ball out of the net eight times in just seven days last week as a run of four straight defeats left Dean Holdsworth's men just one place off the bottom of the Football League.
Boss Holdsworth bore the brunt of strong criticism from some sections of the EBB Stadium faithful on Saturday following the 1-0 home defeat by Chesterfield.
But Young, who has been in fine form between the sticks so far this season, insists that's unfair and believes the squad as a whole should take their fair share of the blame.
“Professional sport teams should be showing a lot more than we are showing at the moment,” was Young’s honest assessment. “I don’t know if it’s an effort thing, a mental thing or application thing, but collectively it is not good enough and, as a team, we are determined to turn that around.
“As players we all need to have a look at ourselves in the mirror to see if we’ve got anything about us.
“We all have good times and bad times but it’s how you react to these situations. Collectively, I think, we can step it up a notch.
“The only way to get results is by doing the right things, on and off the pitch, and to work hard. I think we can up our workrate. I don't think the staff can do much more for us, as players we need to take responsibility.
“Results fall on the manager's head but, as a player, I have a lot of pride in myself if someone has put their trust in me I must show why I should be out there.”