Miller rues missed chances after tactical ‘error’ sees Tadcaster Albion fall to first defeat

Tadcaster Albion's players celebrate Nick Black's goal
Tadcaster Albion's players celebrate Nick Black's goal

New boss Billy Miller brushed off criticism of his tactics and team selection after Tadcaster Albion crashed to their first defeat of the season on Tuesday.

Albion let slip a 3-1 lead at home to Parkgate in the final half an hour as Oliver Graham’s hat-trick set up a 4-3 win for the visitors.

Miller’s decision to leave out defender Andy Milne drew criticism from some supporters on social media, while his double substitution of Josh Barrett and Tom Claisse for George Conway and Adam Baker came back to haunt him.

The boss admitted hindsight proved he had made an error, but insisted the pressures from Albion’s giant fan base won’t faze him.

He said: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

“There’s no drama about it. The great thing about football is that you don’t have long before your next game when you can put things right.”

“There’s no doubt that we should not have lost that game. We were 3-1 up and we could have been 6-0 in the first half with the game killed off.

“From there, our composure in front of goal came back to haunt us.

“It was great entertainment for the neutral but it’s not where we want to be, and it’s something we will deal with.”

The defeat represented an early blow to Albion’s title aspirations, with Miller believing his side can only afford between four and six losses all year.

It came four days after Tad had struck up six goals on the opening day of the season in a fine victory against Maltby Main.

But once again, defensive frailties came to the fore as Albion allowed their visitors to score three times past ‘keeper Gary Stevens.

Miller added: “I would be more concerned if we weren’t scoring goals. Throughout pre-season, that was the biggest worry but I’m pleased we have put that to bed in the first two games.”

Miller’s men will head up the A1 this weekend as they approach the FA Cup extra preliminary round.

Hebburn Town lie await, with Miller accepting the Northern League division two side could present a “potential banana skin” to his side.

“They will look at Tuesday night’s result and say, ‘we have a chance here’ and quite rightly so,” added Miller.

“We just have to make sure we get the lads back in and pick them up. We have a lot of talented footballers that just need moulding into a team.”