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Manager John Deacey apologises to Bradford Park Avenue fans after 'disgraceful' displays
Bradford Park Avenue manager John Deacey has apologised to the club’s supporters following their “disgraceful” start to the season.
Avenue are bottom of the fledgling Skrill North table with no points from two games, and following the 4-0 home defeat to North Ferriby United on Monday, Deacey sounded off on the club’s website.
He said: “There are no positives to come out from a second game in a row. It was disgraceful.”
However, Deacey praised the visitors, saying: “North Ferriby United were excellent. They beat us in every department, they were better and quicker than us.
“I apologise to the fans who turned up – that was not Bradford Park Avenue.”
Avenue have the chance to recoup some ground on Saturday with Barrow visiting Horsfall Stadium.
Neither club have picked up a point and Avenue are only below their visitors because of a worse goal difference as the former Football League clubs are among five that have started with two straight losses.
Deacey has had to take his troops into the new campaign with a depleted squad, due to injuries and a suspension for club captain Nathan Hotte, meaning they are missing five big players.
Things could change for the better, however, with Saturday's game quickly followed by a trip to Stalybridge Celtic on Monday.
On-loan striker Louie Swain will be a little more settled following his debut on Monday night.
The Bradford City youngster’s one-month deal with Avenue was only finalised hours before that game.
He made a bright start and almost scored early on – he was only denied by a post – as he played just over an hour.
Swain will have at least trained with his new team- mates before Saturday.
But Deacey’s selection headaches have not eased elsewhere, with Hotte sitting out both games as he finishes a four-match ban from last season.
Defender Jamie Price (two cracked ribs) and midfielder Jordan Deacey (double fracture of the arm) are definitely ruled out.
Striker Chib Chilaka is doubtful after he picked up a hamstring strain in the pre-season friendly against his former club City.
* Park Avenue right back Michael Duckworth has completed a permanent move to Hartlepool.
The 21-year-old has been offered an undisclosed contract following a successful trial at Victoria Park and goes straight into Colin Cooper’s squad for Saturday's visit of Fleetwood.
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