Reds boss Danny Wilson can’t get to grips with why his side are so hit-and-miss this season.
The Reds had gone four home games in League One without defeat before Tuesday night’s 2-1 home loss to Fleetwood Town.
But just when the South Yorkshire club seem to be on the path to a good run, then a defeat tends be around the corner.
Excellent wins over Port Vale and Oldham Athletic took the Reds to within touching distance of the play-off positions.
But defeats to Swindon Town and then Fleetwood two days ago, as seen Wilson’s inconsistent charges slip down to 17th in the table.
“It didn’t go to plan at all [against Fleetwood] despite a very good start,” reflected Wilson. “We had a great start, but again as the game went on we’ve conceded another goal out of nothing.
“We’ve been undone by two set-plays again, which is frustrating because we work on these things.
“And again we’ve had good opportunities to score and not taken them chance.”
And Wilson admits some of his players are struggling to cope with the pressure from opposition teams when the going gets tough.
“Unfortunately one or two of them get the jitters and get anxious,” admitted Wilson.
“It’s a knock-on effect at times. Confidence is a big thing in football and certainly, when you get anxious, the problems get passed on to everybody else.
“The frustration from the fans point-of-view is understandable, but at the same time it does affect the players.
“The fans have not seen enough wins and enough goals this season, but that’s the way it is sometimes.
“You’ve just got to take it on the chin and move on, but it’s not a case of waiting for things to improve.
“We’ve got to keep practicing and practicing, and drill things home to the players. We’ve just got to keep doing it.
“It’s a specialist area defending set-plays and you see even watching the Premier League how difficult it is.”
“But you’ve to maintain your physicality and your concentration in those situations.
“If you don’t then you get punished – and we’ve been punished in the last two games for that.”
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