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An Update From The Manager

Ian Chapman has said his Burgess Hill Town team need to be more consistent after they followed up two home league wins with a 3-0 defeat at AFC Sudbury on Tuesday night.

Chapman said: “Last week we had three really good performances at home, winning the two league home games and drawing in 90 minutes with Whitehawk in the Senior Cup.

“I felt last night [Tuesday] we just didn’t turn up. It was an off night and I want to draw a line through it and tell the players, ok, let’s move on now.”

“Three-nil was a bit flattering to them. It was one of those games where they scored right on half-time to make it 2-0 – If we go in at 1-0 we are bang in the game.”

“The second  half we camped in their half really, but the end product was poor and they have scored with the last kick of the game.”

“At the moment we are not converting chances and we are making it really difficult for ourselves. If you don’t take your chances you make life hard. We have had two or three good chances last night again and we don’t do it and they take their chances. We’ve had good performances over a week and players have got to be more consistent. We are all in this together. After I was disappointed with the players. I do think we missed a chance to get a result against a team in a league game because we have lost that bit of concentration.”

“The first goal they scored, the ball has got stuck under Lee Harding’s feet on the artificial surface and he’s fallen over the ball and they scored. The second goal we have not gone with a runner. You’ve got 30 seconds until halftime you’ve got to make sure you see the half out.”

“The second half we had all the ball, they’ve dropped because they are 2-0 up but we lacked a bit of finesse and quality.”

Ian and his management team will focus training before they face Staines Town away on Saturday.

He said: “At training on Thursday we will be doing loads of stuff like trying to work in the final third, delivery and movement because we looked a little bit lacklustre. We looked like we didn’t know what we were doing in that final third. The games are coming thick and fast. We’ve have had two good home wins but we have got to find a way of winning on the road. The disappointing thing is we have not scored in our last two away games.”

“The other teams seem to be taking their chances and we are not and we must rectify that quickly.”

The Hillians are away on Saturday to Staines Town, kick-off 3pm.

 

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