‘If we think it’ll be easy, we will get a slap in the face’

Simon Catt
Simon Catt

Eastbourne United will be guarding against complacency as they face basement side Saltdean United on Friday night.

After five-successive wins, they faced a setback last Saturday as they surrendered a two-goal lead twice in their draw against lowly Rustington.

Manager Paul Daubeney, is hoping his players don’t fall into the same trap tonight against the side with one-point from their first 14 matches.

He said, “We seem to be up for the bigger games while we’re struggling more against the lower sides. If we think it’s going to be a walkover then we can expect a slap in the face.”

There are no fresh injury worries or absentees for Eastbourne, with defender Ben Hughes looking to return to the side.

Eastbourne will be hoping to boost their goal difference at the Oval, as Saltdean have already conceded 94 goals in all competitions this season.

Daubeney said, “I’ve noticed Saltdean have put in six or seven transfer requests, so they’re obviously looking to strengthen their side. You’re never quite sure what side you’re going to face.”

Eastbourne currently hold sixth place, and a win could see them temporarily move to third place ahead of their nearest rivals who play on Saturday.

“I am definitely happy with our overall form of late. I’d happily take five wins out of the last six.”

The manager revealed he hadn’t been able to talk to Simon Catt following his red card last weekend, but did feel that his red-card for two bookings was harsh.