Season Review So far with Justin Gardner
"Obviously we had a fantastic start to the season with the club record breaking 11 wins on the trot, which was great to be a part of, but of course with recent matches including our seven game winless run, and now our inconsistent form which has been very frustrating to say the least, we look to change it into winning form in our upcoming games.
With the poor run we had including the exits in the cup competitions, I felt it was right to change the team around to find that full commitment from these players we have at the club. We started with the same X11 against Needham Market who were part of the amazing run, the only exception was at right back, in which Paul Preston came in for Billy Coyne.
We have been complacent in recent weeks, adding to individual mistakes which haven't helped us one bit. But with the changes to the team on the pitch I hope the fans can still stick with us and keep the faith in what we are trying to achieve at the club.
The main target is simple: to win games. By achieving an average of two points a game we should find ourselves in and around the playoffs.
But to achieve any of the club's targets the players need to give everything they've got. With teams that have beaten us, their celebrations have seemed over the top against a club with one of the lowest budgets in the division, but every team seems to want to "get one over us" which I don't quite understand. But it does show the good work this club is doing on and off the pitch.
Our players are some of the most talented players in this division, but some of the players do get complacent. Some turn up to games thinking we've already won to teams below us, especially teams in and around the bottom five. Dropping two points to Cray Wanderers, losing to Redbridge and our defeat to Maldon & Tiptree most recently, we have to be mentally stronger. The players got themselves up for the game against Needham, but we have seemed to struggle recently against the teams below us.
The players that I have brought in to the club are some I know very well, and can add that spark when we need it. Players like Asante and Burnett know how to score goals and that's what we've been lacking. The most recent addition has been Tyler Devlin, he's a player I've previously managed a few years ago too, he can bring an abundance of heart and fight, with grit and determination which we will need over the coming winter months.
We've got Great Wakering away on Saturday, and as I said before, the type of team we struggle against. We need to put that away from us, move on mentally and approach the game in the right way. The players just need to believe in themselves because they have the ability, but mentally I do question them, and the way to react is for the players to prove me wrong.
Hopefully we can start another fantastic winning run to get us climbing up the table and challenging come the end of the season."