said that we were beaten by a better team last Saturday but I don’t buy that.
True, Benyu is an outstanding player and they were better in the final third
but I was not happy with our performance. It simply has not been good enough
for the last three matches.
only so much we can do in between games – we set up properly, try to get our
tactics right and we keep morale high. The players know that our league
position is not safe and they need to work harder, stay focussed through out
the games and stick to the game plan.
Our player marking
has been poor, we gave away the sloppiest of goals against Torquay and last
weekend our shape disintegrated. Three weeks ago I could not have foreseen we
would be in this position but the players are letting themselves down and it
needs to stop before Tranmere. We have taken our foot off the gas and that will
five games are all cup finals and if we do not approach them as such we are
likely to find ourselves in trouble. The lads need to pull up their socks,
rolls their sleeves up and put in a performance at Prenton Park regardless of the result. This
Saturday it is “back to basics”.
Tranmere are pushing Lincoln because they are a very good side
but we went to Dover not so long ago and came away with a point and I see
no reason why on our day we cannot surprise the Rovers.
I hope to
have Shep Murombedzi back and with a bit of luck, Harry White too. This gives
me more options. I was pleased to see Andy Brown lasting almost the entire game
against Aldershot – his ability and experience are
things we need now more than ever.
We are not
the first team to suffer an unexpected loss of form – look at Chelsea last season! It is the first time as a manager that I have
found myself in this position so it’s a learning curve for us all.
our superior goal difference we can effectively regard a win now as virtually
four points. After Tranmere we play York at the ATG Stadium on Good Friday which is a
real six pointer. It is time for us to