Distraught Nathan Stainfield admits Boston United need to strengthen side
A BRUTALLY honest Nathan Stainfield admitted Boston United's naivety is costing them dear as he welcomed the arrival of centre-back Phil Watt.
Stainfield was crestfallen after his first start under new manager Graham Drury ended with Kyle May's 93rd-minute equaliser denying the Pilgrims a crucial three points at Workington.
Drury refused to blame the young defender for the last-gasp goal and instead pointed the finger at the players earmarked to stop the cross coming into the box.
While admitting he could do little to prevent May scoring, Stainfield was scathing about his own performance.
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"I was so happy to get back into the team and so eager to play well," said the former Boston Town defender.
"I got over-excited in the first half and I was massively disappointed in my own performance.
"In the second half I pulled it together, but then came the (Workington) goal. He (May) was my man, but unless I went through the guy and gave a penalty away, I couldn't get to the ball because it was such a good ball in. I'm just really disappointed.
"We worked so hard and Silks (Gary Silk) had a magnificent game.
"Dan (Haystead) was fantastic in goal as well. If anyone deserved three points it was him."
Conceding late goals has been a common problem for Boston over the last 18 months.
"I certainly needs addressing. It's been happening ever since I've been at the club," said Stainfield.
"It's been the story of this season and it was the story of last season.
"It's down to naivety on our part and it's soul-destroying.
"We can't keep saying it and there are no excuses.
"I've got no excuses. I'm just bitterly disappointed and sorry."
Stainfield hopes the arrival of Watt from Grantham could be just what the Pilgrims need, even if it puts his own place in the side under threat.
"It's healthy, it's got to be about the football club and this club needs results at the moment," he added.
"With the squad we had at the start of the season, I felt we had a fantastic group of players.
"But we keep showing massive naivety in those areas and it can only be healthy when another player comes in.
"Since Kern (Miller) departed, we've had a shortage (of the central defenders), it's just been me and Tom (Ward). It's a good thing that we've brought in another centre-half."