Darren Williams: We need to start playing from the first whistle

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I was not happy with how we started our games at either Marine or Scarborough this week.

The first 15 to 20 minutes on Merseyside simply weren’t good enough, and that ended up costing us.

After that, we’ve hit the post twice and missed some good chances, dominated the second half and played some decent football, but the poor start left us with too much to do.

You can’t go handing teams two-goal leads and expect to get anything out of the match, although, having said that, I think if we’d scored a bit earlier than the 84th minute and had more time, we would have got an equaliser.

Against Scarborough, we did not begin well once again, and we were second best in the first half.

We struggled to get to grips with their physicality and direct style of play, and it took us until the second period to adjust.

We did shuffle things around a bit and make a few changes in personnel, but we went into the game wanting to win it.

With all due respect to the League Cup, it doesn’t benefit the club greatly, and we have a big FA Trophy game on Saturday, which was obviously at the back of everyone’s minds.

In the end it was just one of those games, and penalty shoot-outs are always a lottery.

Liam Mandeville, who joined us on loan from Doncaster Rovers this week made his debut in the Scarborough game and I like the look of him.

It was hard for him because he hasn’t played much football in the last month, but he showed that he has pace, great feet and holds the ball up well.

I’m sure Liam will prove a good addition.

I wasn’t aware of the trouble caused by some of the fans at Queensgate until after the game, and although we appreciate supporters coming to back us, damaging property is completely unacceptable and not something we want to see happening ever again.