Massey has focus fixed on striking problems
Truro City manager Steve Massey knows his side have got to start defending better if they are to get their season back on track.
In five games in October, City have conceded a whopping 16 goals, including three at Bridgwater Town on Tuesday evening, when they crashed out of the Red Insure Southern League Cup on penalties after leading three times in a 3-3 draw over the 90 minutes.
Truro have kept just two clean sheets in 16 games all season and that is a statistic that must improve if they are to move away from the wrong end of the Southern League Premier Division. They will want to start that process with the visit of sixth-placed Cambridge City to Treyew Road on Saturday (3pm).
Massey said: "It is not just about the back four and goalkeeper but we have got to defend from the front.
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"We are scoring goals but conceding far too many. When we go ahead we just seem to look nervous and invite pressure on ourselves."
Massey was also unhappy with former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Ollie Chenoweth's performance at Bridgwater. "He needs to be more assertive and dominate his box, but I would not swap him for anyone else," the boss added.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves and have to keep believing. We are not far away, and I know I sound like a broken record but it is coming."
New signing Steve Tully, the former Exeter City defender, made his debut at right-back at Bridgwater, and should help provide some much needed defensive solidity.
City three times took the lead in Tuesday's first-round tie at Bridgwater, with two goals from Liam Eddy and one from Olly Brokenshire, but each time they allowed the Division One South and West side to level the scores.
There was almost a certain inevitability that they would lose when the tie went straight to penalties, even though Chenoweth saved Bridgwater's first spot-kick.
Cody Cooke missed the chance to put City 4-2 up in the shoot-out and it went to 'sudden death', with substitute Neil Slateford having his effort saved, allowing the home side to score and dump City out.
Shane White, Les Afful, Tully, Brokenshire and Jamie Lowry all converted their spot -kicks. It was yet another bitter pill to swallow for Massey, after his side suffered a similar fate in the FA Trophy at Tiverton Town last Saturday.