Whitby Town's returning Patton has mixed emotions at FC United of Manchester defeat

Callum Patton revealed that he felt ‘mixed emotions’ after making his return to action in the 2-1 defeat to FC United of Manchester.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 2:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 2:26 pm
Callum Patton lets fly. Picture by Brian Murfield.

This was Patton’s first competitive appearance of the season for the Blues having spent it ruled out due to a back injury.

But having spent the last month on loan with North Shields, the midfielder was ready to return to action for the Seasiders.

“It’s mixed emotions for me personally,” Patton revealed.

“I’m delighted to be back out there playing again but it was obviously a disappointing result to get beat 2-1.

“I don’t think we deserved to lose the game to be honest as the lads stuck in and did really well particularly in the first half when we were against the wind.

“We really restricted them to very little.”

Adding to this point, Patton stated that the game seemed to lack many clear-cut chances for either side.

It turned out to be something of a cagey affair between the two sides who came into the game on good form in the league.

“There really wasn’t a lot in the game,” said Patton.

“Paul Blackett was unlucky with a few volleys and FC United were lucky not to be behind when he hit that strike in the second half which the keeper saved.

“There were very limited opportunities and I think that their goals were quite fortunate, especially the second one where it’s bounced off some of our players on the way through.”

Town had a nightmare start to the second half with Kieran Weledji and the Red Rebels taking the lead within two minutes of each other.

Despite this Patton believes that his team put in an excellent showing with 10 men and that it actually pushed them on.

“It’s a strange one really,” Patton stated.

“Going down to 10 and a goal behind seemed to give us a lift but you sometimes feel that you’ve got nothing to lose when you get a man sent off.

“We thought that we’d give it a go and see where it would take us and we played some really good stuff.

“Perhaps the only criticism is that our final ball wasn’t as good as it should have been.”