St Blazey striker Zalick warned after cup outburst
BOBBY Oaten has warned temperamental striker Danny Zalick his attitude must improve following his angry outburst at Falmouth at the weekend.
Zalick, on a yellow card, made his feelings clear after being substituted in the 70th minute of their Throgmorton Cup second round tie (match report page 102). After throwing his shirt towards the St Blazey bench, Zalick stormed back to the dressing room, where loud smashes were heard by fans in the main stand.
It was the sort of petulant behaviour Oaten insists will not be tolerated. But after receiving an apology from the player, and after not getting some decisions from referee Luke Wilkes, the St Blazey boss could understand his frustration.
He said: "We had a problem with Danny because he was getting hit around a bit up front and he didn't seem to get any protection from the referee.
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"Sometimes that's how it's going to be and I said to him he had to shut his trap and get on with it.
"The problem is that you get frustrated and when something happens you say something to the referee and the next thing you're in the book.
"I tried to calm him down as best as I could. At half-time I just came in and while most managers would have gone ballistic I felt my attitude had to be right too."
Zalick spent around half an hour in the visiting dressing room, and following a ticking off from a Falmouth official, he returned to the St Blazey bench to watch his team-mates clinch their place in the third round of the Throgmorton Cup, where they will host division one east Teignmouth on January 4. Ironically, it was the player who replaced Zalick, Jordan Greatrex, who scored St Blazey's winner.
Oaten said: "It's just pure frustration. We waited for him to come back down to the dugout and find out what the situation was.
"I went in and spoke to him and he immediately said he was sorry and he was wrong.
"I told the rest of the lads that I'd been apologised to, the situation has been sorted and we move on.
"At the end of the day, whoever plays for St Blazey I remind them that their attitude has to be like mine – 100 per-cent.
"If their attitude is wrong we're not going to win games."
Oaten will hope the return to the club of Lewis Coombes this week will help improve Zalick's mind set ahead of Saturday's visit of Witheridge to Blaise Park (3pm).
He said: "Danny has now got to play with Lewis Coombes and that will be a really good partnership at this standard."
St Blazey will also welcome back former player Dan Bennett next month, Oaten said: "Dan has been coaching in America, but he's back with us in November, which is great news."