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The views of Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson

“We are at the business end of the season now and at times you have to win ugly and the only thing that matters is three points.

“Hallam are fighting for their lives, so teams will not come and lay down and get battered.

“We are every team’s cup final because we are the reigning champions and they all raise their game against us.

“We missed a lot of chances, easy chances, and players have to take responsibility and be more ruthless then it would have been a more comfortable afternoon.

“We have had a turnover of 40 players this season for one reason or another and really should be struggling around mid-table.

“But the staff, from the chairman down to the players, have worked their socks off to make sure we can be as competitive as possible.

“At the moment we are actually in second place in the league and in two semi-finals of cups.

“We have won six and drawn one of our last seven league games.

“I really don’t know what people and fans want off us at times.

“We might end up with nothing this season but believe me it won’t be for the want of trying and working hard.

“As for the Liversedge game in the cup, this wasn’t our priority because we have a small squad.

“Players are very, very tired at the minute and are carrying niggling injuries.

“We could have put our strongest team out, still not won and picked up bookings and more injuries – what reaction would we have got then?

“And if we had won, try to fit another game in somewhere.

“We have a very difficult game on Tuesday in the semi-final of the ER Cup and we need to be absolutely focused for that because Hall Road are on a fantastic run of form at the minute.

“Then it is Farsley on Saturday so we have a very big week ahead of us, we will all be doing our utmost to make sure we get the right results.”