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Don’t blame the players, blame me, says struggling Gainsborough Trinity boss Dave Frecklington

By Jon Couch

Underfire Dave Frecklington has urged the suffering Gainsborough Trinity fans to take their frustrations out on him, not the players, after they were booed off the pitch in Saturday’s crunch relegation clash with Nuneaton Town.

A 1-0 home defeat left the Holy Blues just one point from safety in National League North, but with two matches in hand over their rivals.

That, coupled by an FA Trophy defeat in extra time by Spennymoor in midweek, has led to a small section of fans turning on the team, fearing the club could become embroiled in a relegation dogfight.

But a determined Frecklington has lashed out at the Trinity boo boys, calling for a show of unity in helping the club beat the drop.

“Some of the supporters are getting frustrated and restless, I can understand that but they’ve got to be realistic,” the boss said.

“We all go out there to try to win a football match. We need to be consistent and at the moment it is one good game and then one bad game. But we can’t have people turning on us already – there are 18 games left!

“As disappointed as we are, we have got a belief and we will get it right. Of course [the booing] will affect the players. We are meant to be in this together.

“[The fans] should take their frustrations out on me. I have broad shoulders. Come to the dugout and fire the abuse at me, but don’t let the players hear you moan and groan.”

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