Steve Kittrick reacts to Telford relegation
AFC Telford boss Steve Kittrick has called for a united front in the remaining four games of the season following the team's relegation from the Conference Premier.
The Bucks' drop from the non-league's top tier was confirmed by their 1-1 draw at home to Kidderminster Harriers, which left them bottom of the league, 14 points from safety with just 12 to play for.
It is the first time Kittrick, who took over the reins of an already badly struggling team in December, has experienced relegation in a lengthy managerial career, and he said: "I can't be upbeat today because I have never been in this situation in my life.
"It is one of those situation where we have got to try to get off the bottom of the table and just be professional about what we are doing for the next four games,
"When I took the job I was told not to take things personally because I had inherited somebody else's team.
"But I have always had an affection for this place and it does hurt. When you lose football games it does hurt and we have lost too many for my liking.
"But we have got to stick together - all the supporters, the people that have helped me, the backroom staff - and I have said to the players that they have got to play for themselves as well.
"As a team and individually they have got to play because they are in the shop window for me and for other clubs."
Kittrick took over a side which was already 15 points from safety in December and he added: "I have a couple of pals who are managing at this level who said 'it is not your ship you have been sailing.'
"Part of it is but the rest of it is not. I think a lot of players when I came here were down in the doldrums.
"I think a lot of them thought it was over anyway and you have got to try to make it happen."
But he added that too many mistakes had ultimately cost his team their place in the division.
The Bucks had been on course for a stay of execution after taking the lead against Kidderminster through Tony Gray's 61 minute strike.
But an error by Sean Clancy allowed Callum Gittings in to score a 78th minute equaliser which condemned Telford to the drop.
Kittrick said: ""How many times have we had the same conversation since I came here ? It came down to errors again.
"Sean Clancy is gutted and I thought he had a good game today.
"But we have got to dust ourselves down and look at finishing as high as we possibly can in our last four games.
"If we take that performance into Monday's game at Southport hopefully we will get something out of it. That is how we have got to be.
"If we had have got a couple of bounces of the ball today and last week, and the Saturday before we'd have probably been sat here having a different conversation.
"But that is football, that is what this level is about, If you make a mistake you get punished - and we have got punished again today."
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