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Boston United's Jason Lee backs Marc Newsham after string of missed chances

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

  • Boston United striker Marc Newsham

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Boston United boss Jason Lee threw his support behind Marc Newsham after the striker endured a night to forget against Solihull Moors on Tuesday.

The normally dependable forward put his side 2-1 up with his 15th goal of the season, but then went on to miss a string of second-half chances.

That proved costly when Solihull substitute Jermaine Clarke fired home Moors' second equaliser in the second minute of added time.

However, an upbeat Lee was satisfied with his side's display and refused to point the finger of blame at Newsham.

"I'll back Marc Newsham. He missed one at the end which could have put the game to bed and I'm sure there will be some moans and groans," said the Pilgrims boss.

"But he's the main man and he scores goals. Sometimes you miss opportunities.

"Newsh will be fine. He won't lack confidence and he's got my full support.

"He's got his team-mates' support and he's our go-to man more often than not.

"He missed some efforts, but he scored a goal too so we'll move on.

"We're obviously disappointed to lose two points, but despite that we played well and bossed the game.

"They scored with a really good free-kick to equalise and it's taken them until 30 seconds from the end to go and equalise again.

"We dominated the majority of the game, we just didn't put the game to bed."

Despite being held, Lee identified several positives to take into Saturday's FA Trophy clash with Skelmersdale.

He was particularly pleased with young midfielder James Reed, who returned to the side after spending the majority of the season on the bench.

He was also relieved to end his Solihull hoodoo.

Lee had lost his previous three meetings with the West Midlands side as manager.

"I thought James Reed was a worthy man of the match," declared Lee, who also selected Ben Fairclough in his first match after serving a three-match suspension.

"To come in after not playing for a long time, he really freshened things up.

"He gave us the youthful exuberance we were looking for.

"It's good to have Ben Fairclough back as well.

"And, as disappointed as we are, it's the first time we have not lost to them in my time."

Meanwhile, the Pilgrims' home clash with Altrincham has been brought forward to Saturday, December 1.

It will be the seventh weekend in a row of playing at home, a run which appears to have had a detrimental effect on attendances after Tuesday's clash was watched by just 681 fans.

"I prefer to play at home, but I understand how difficult it is for the supporters to come week in, week out," said Lee.

"We had our lowest attendance of the season on Tuesday, which I fully understand.

"With games coming up, they have to pick and choose."

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