Players can cope with disgruntled fans, insists Town skipper Killock

Ryan Kendall has left Harrogate Town (1408093AM6)

Ryan Kendall has left Harrogate Town (1408093AM6)

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Harrogate Town captain Shane Killock insists the players are ignoring criticism from the sidelines and fighting hard to claw the side out of their rut.

Killock said confidence remains high amongst the Town squad despite the frustrating start to the season which has left them 18th in Vanarama North and in danger of falling away from the play-off hunt.

Attendances have fallen at the CNG Stadium due to the downturn of form this season and supporters’ disappointment has reached boiling point.

But the club captain said it would not affect the players in their bid to climb the table.

He said: “It’s not an issue. With the calibre of players we have here, they have played at bigger crowds. It’s not going to bother us. We will get on with our game and play our football and do what we know is right.

“The fans can do what they want. We know they are there to support us really. It’s just down to us on the pitch to perform.”

The defender has returned to Town’s starting line-up in recent weeks following Dave McGurk’s injury – the latest in a string of injuries for club.

The injuries have forced boss Simon Weaver to chop and change his squad throughout the season, and Killock admitted it had not been easy for new players to settle.

He added: “It’s not been as we would have liked. It’s frustrating.

“With the players we have got and the squad. It’s fantastic on paper. We need to transfer it onto the pitch.

“It’s not as fluent as we would like it to be but we have a lot of new faces and that has something to do with it.

“We are still confident and go out to win every game. It’s just not happening.

“I just think we need to create a few more chances, score a few more goals and keep them out at the other end as well.”