By Ben Austin
I said a couple of weeks back the most important thing at a time like this is to get results.
You have to go back quite a few years to remember it, but the club have been in a transition phase like this before and we have always come out of it a stronger more successful club. Performances have not been all that we would like for large parts of the season and everyone is continuing to work hard on the training ground to establish exactly why.
However, until we do it is important that we role up our sleeves and try to scrap out results. We know at times it isn’t pretty and take it from me no one is more frustrated than the players themselves, but a win against Bromley last Saturday followed by a point against a Truro side tipped for big things at the start of the year is, as far as this season goes, progress.
No doubt some will disagree, but when you consider that prior to the Bromley game we were without a league win since October, four points from six is in my opinion an improvement. I am in no way suggesting that everything is now rosy simply because we are unbeaten in our last two games against sides that let’s face it, we should be expecting to beat.
But it is important that we make small strides in the right direction and recognise this. Both the Bromley and the Truro games clearly highlighted there is still plenty to work on. While there were also positives from the two performances, as a unit, right from front to back, we must learn to protect a lead. In both games I felt we performed well in the first half, especially on Tuesday night in difficult conditions, but our start to the second 45 minutes was suicidal.
No team dominates for 90 minutes, most play in spells. When we have our spells of dominance we have shown that we are hard to live with, but equally when the opposition get on top we have folded too easily and this will need to improve.
Without a game this Saturday we need to use the time off to prepare fully for a vital game against Weston Super Mare in a weeks time. We will go again in search of another three points and if we get them, it will be seven points from the last nine possible.
Putting performances a side for a minute, if you had offered me that two weeks ago, I would have bitten your hand off.