Kings' performance 'pathetic': coach

TWEED Valley Kings coach Craig Madden labelled his side's latest performance as “pathetic,” after the Gold Coast Premier League newcomers slumped to a dismal 4-0 hammering by Southport on Sunday night.

“We didn't turn up,” Madden said.

“It was a terrible performance.”

The loss means TVK have managed to secure just one victory in their opening three fixtures.

“If the boys want to stay at this level then they will have to pull their finger out,” Madden said.

“They're supposed to be representing the whole Tweed area, but the commitment just doesn't seem to be there.

“The attitude of some blokes isn't good enough, and we need to turn that around to get some results.”

TVK easily accounted for Southport on four occasions during their undefeated 2008 first division campaign, but it was the northerners who struck first blood in the premier league to which both teams earned promotion this year.

“The boys need to have a look at themselves; there will be some changes made,” Madden said.

“Southport have signed a few new players, but they are not much different to last year.

“There is no way they are four goals better than us, but they were certainly a lot more committed.”

An uncharacteristic goalkeeping error midway through the first half invited Southport to break the deadlock, and they obliged, doubling their tally moments before the break.

“You can't afford to make mistakes or switch off at this level, or you get punished,” Madden said.

“We had numerous chances across the six yard box but no-one could get a touch on anything.

“In possession we were playing some handy football and creating opportunities, but we were no good when we didn't have the ball.”

TVK returned from the sheds with renewed faith and tact, substituting a defender for an additional striker as they attempted to push forward and get back in the contest.

However an early goal to Southport lowered heads across the park, and a last- minute goal on the siren seemingly rubbed salt in TVK's very open wounds.

“We seem to panic if we don't score early, instead of lifting as we should,” Madden said.

“We weren't marking up tight enough, didn't follow their runners, didn't win the ball back quick enough, and they punished us for it.”

TVK has a week to turn things around ahead of a long road trip to Musgrave next Saturday. One ray of hope for the locals was the continued success of the reserve grade outfit who triumphed 1-0.

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