Warriors coach calls for more commitment
UNITED Warriors coach Peter Guest is backing his players to get out of the slump that has plagued them the past three weeks, but insists it is up to them to take more responsibility.
The Warriors suffered their fourth loss in the past five games on Saturday night, losing to a well-drilled Gympie Diggers 4-0 in Hervey Bay.
It was the Warriors' biggest loss in the Four Cities League since their embarrassing 7-1 defeat to Brothers Aston Villa in round two and leaves their finals aspirations dangling on a string.
With matches against four teams outside the top four favouring the Warriors in the run home to the finals, there is still some hope, but Guest was adamant they had a long way to go before they could start thinking after playing in the finals.
"We're in a bit of a rut at the moment," he said after Saturday's loss.
"We had a couple of hard games up in Bundy and really didn't compete.
"We tried to get back on our feet tonight but didn't make it.
"I don't think any game is going to be easy from here on in, but until we start playing some decent football we're not going to make it easy for ourselves."
The Diggers showed their attacking intent from the start and took less than 10 minutes to produce the opening goal of the encounter.
Hesitation in the Warriors' defence from corners resulted in a further two goals for the visitors before half-time.
The Warriors' first half was rife with mistakes and naive play. Their attack looked disjointed and lacked cohesion.
Guest said the only way his team would break out of its funk was if the players started believing in themselves.
"We're getting better and getting a bit sharper again, we've just got to play ourselves out of this I think," he said.
"You can talk about it as much as you want before a game or during a game, but you can't steer the boys with a handle, they've got to do it themselves."