JIMMY Evans says Knutsford FC need to get back to basics.

The club chairman gave his thoughts after seeing Reds fall 3-0 at home to Greenalls on Saturday.

The sixth straight defeat sees Reds slipping down to third from bottom in the Cheshire Football Lague Premier Division.

“It’s the worst run of form in many a year and our supporters deserve better,” he said.

However, putting matters right is easier said than done.

“The club is working hard to bring in new players to improve the side,” he said.

Besides that, he added: “Confidence is low and changes need to be made to address the slide – getting back to basics and working hard for each other to earn the right to play.”

Evans said ‘few players put in a decent shift’ in what was a poor performance in their first game on home soil for more than a month.

With new signing Ash Austin in the line-up, Knutsford set out for a good performance but again, with four regulars missing and with only two players available on the bench, it wasn’t to be.

With a gale force wind, conditions were difficult for both sides and little ‘football’ was played.

The game lacked quality though Greenalls were fitter and more determined

In contrast, Knutsford were lacklustre in their sharpness and passing.

Greenalls had the better chances in the first half and while Knutsford were industrious in midfield they were not ‘connecting’ with their forward line.

Mountney at centre half showed a continuance of his good form.

Austin had a good chance after a mistake from goalkeeper Black but he was slow to get his shot off.

Dryden, in goal for Knutsford, made an excellent save from McWilliams at point blank range in an even opening 10 minutes.

A blow hit Reds when Davies went off injured on 15 minutes.

He was replaced by young Phipps wide left.

A Rezayan free kick found Wilbraham in the box but his header was off target and then Kirkpatrick flashed a shot wide.

Berisford replaced Rezayan at half-time and went wide right as Knutsford sought a route for goals.

But it was Greenalls who opened the scoring on 46 minutes after a cross from the right side somehow went into the six-yard box, was missed by Knutsford’s defenders and McWilliams was free to tap home.

With confidence low, Knutsford’s heads dropped.

From a Wynne cross, Berisford just failed to connect.

Greenalls were now showing their superior workrate and went 2-0 up on 58 minutes following a long ball down the middle which somehow Wilbraham failed to clear, leaving Daniels to lob over Dryden.

Facing an uphill struggle, the crowd were expecting a reaction form Knutsford which never materialised.

Dryden made another fine save to deny Greenalls a third.

Knutsford were lacking drive and energy, were second best in the running stats and seeming to accept the inevitable.

Berisford went on a good run but failed to finish with a shot on goal.

Greenalls, on a fast break, should have scored but fired high over the bar but they looked comfortable, well marshalled by CH Hughes and rarely threatened as they continued to out-work Knutsford.

On 90 minutes Sutherland, wrong side of his forward, brought him down and it was a clear penalty.

Up stepped Daniels to fire home his second goal.

Knutsford: Dryden, Sutherland, Cartner, Wilbraham, Mountney, Rezayan (Berisford), Butler, Riley, Wynne, Austin, Davies (Phipps).

Knutsford are next in action at sixth-placed Billinge on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.