Boro boss Wilson defiant

A DEFIANT Garry Wilson has vowed to ride out the most challenging period of his 10 years at Priory Lane.

The Eastbourne Borough manager saw his side crash out of the FA Cup in a dramatic replay against Tooting and Mitcham United on Tuesday night.

They are also just five points above the Blue Square Premier drop zone and the pressure on Wilson and his charges will intensify if they fail to get a result at struggling Forest Green Rovers tomorrow (Saturday).

A small minority of supporters were heard to chant 'You're getting sacked in the morning' when Borough fell 4-2 behind to Tooting but Wilson insists he will fight on.

He also dropped the broadest hint yet that new players will be brought in to try and arrest the club's current slump.

Wilson told Herald Sport, "This is as hard as it's been for me as manager here. All I can ask is for people to be patient.

"I heard what some of the fans were saying but I won't be swayed by any negativity.

"We need support at this time from everyone involved with the club. That goes for the players, the committee, the supporters, the coaches. Everyone's got to pull together."

Wilson also promised to shake up his squad to try and improve morale after a poor run of results that has seen Boro' pick up just one win in 11 games.

He said, "We've had a hard season so far and I think it's caught up on some of the players.

"The confidence is down at the moment. It might be we just need new faces to freshen things up a bit.

"I've been talking to managers to see what's available but whether anything will happen for this week or next we'll have to wait and see."

Luck was not on Borough's side against Tooting on Tuesday night.

With the score at 2-2, and Boro' on top, Jamie Taylor and Liam Enver-Marum both saw efforts come back off the woodwork, while Tooting later took advantage of two controversial penalty decisions during a pulsating period of extra-time to seal the victory.

Wilson was frustrated not only by his side's continued misfortune but also their mistakes at both ends of the pitch and urged his players to 'show a bit of grit' at Forest Green.

He said, "Whatever we try at the moment seems to kick us back in the face at the moment. It's quite hard to take.

"But we keep leaking goals and when we're on top we need to finish off games and put teams to bed, which we're not doing.

"Sometimes you just need one good result and the ball starts running for you again and the confidence comes back."

Boro' will make the 172-mile journey to Forest Green tomorrow without Andy Atkin and Dan Smith, who are both suspended after their red cards against Tooting.

Atkin will sit out a one-game ban for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity but Smith faces three matches on the sideline for his dismissal for violent conduct.

Head coach Nick Greenwood said, "Dan Smith was a professional footballer and he has to learn to deal with situations like that. He was seen raising his hands and he got sent off.

"It's disappointing for Dan and it's disappointing for us. We are without a player for three mtches and now he will have a fight to get his place back."

Forest Green, who sacked manager Jim Harvey in August, are engulfed in the relegation mire with 11 points from their first 17 games.

They have won just once at home in the league this season, 2-1 against Grays in September, but earned a morale-boosting FA Cup win at Mangotsfield United on Saturday.

Last season, Borough did the double over Rovers. Nathan Crabb's header earned a 1-0 success at Priory Lane in September and goals from Dan Smith and Matt Smart sealed a 2-1 win at the New Lawn in January.