Put 7 past Merthyr in Wales last night.
It's starting to look very tight at the bottom.
Hopefully we can do the business at Staines on Saturday and then get a couple more decent results at home.
Some very big games ahead. It looks as though Frome are likely to join Staines in going down, but we need to be 100% focused on what we do and not spend time worrying about others.
Saturday is a must win, the attitude has to be absolutely spot on otherwise we'll come a cropper. Some goals from somewhere would be useful too.
I still firmly believe we can stay up, it's in our hands, we have the quality. Down to those on the field now.
Past relegation dog-fights my thoughts have been on the oppositions and our own SWOT kinda stuff. This feels different to me in some-much-as, I think our problems have been underpinned by the stats. My take-away on this season across most leagues/cup games has placed onus on the team scoring first. Overwhelmingly, the sides scoring first have gone on to do draw/win. Hendon have been the exception.
In 34 league games we've taken the lead a very impressive 21 times - more than any other team. 71% of the games at SJP and yet we have such a mediocre home record. I've sought to think in recent games the lad Hope has been indicative of our problems - I do think we have tended to start the 2nd 45 in a far deeper, more fragmented way. Getting stretched, resorting to going long. No team in the league has scored a higher percentage of their goals in the first half, (nearly 60%), than Hendon. Our style of play is clearly at odds with that of most sides in this division. Home game v Weymouth, I thought we looked more in common with them than that of many of the sides we frequently play. At least in terms of a blue-print That's a thought to be carried over into next season. No acqusations surrounding the level of commitment. They've worked exceptionally hard - we need to put this issue to bed as quickly as possible - starting at Staines.
Tomorrow is a must win. That’s obvious. Goals could also be crucial, as this is an unprecedented relegation fight in terms of tightness in my experience. Farnborough, in 8th place, are not clear of relegation worries - truly bizarre, but that’s the arithmetical reality! It’s significant that James has spotted the need to bolster the defence with recent signings. This could be crucial.
Good luck! I am still confident that the management and players will pull us through!
Just about to set off... I found this weeks additions very interesting. If undertaken as a contingency then fine. I get worried gettting players in this stage of the season with regards to their impact and I have to say I question more as to why they are in the market-place to begin with. I saw the lad JJ and thought Liverpool's finest. However, his last full ninety was in a 9-1 loss for Harlow at Worthing. Partnered by one Curtis Ujah. These players have very short life-spans at a lot of clubs which for me is a red flag. Might go some way as to shedding light on Harlow's predicament. I'm not knocking the lad - he may well be out of this world. I'm more worried if the gaffer has done this with regards to any lack of faith in the current crop. Either way, we are at the stage of the season where mistakes are extremely costly. There has to be an element of inherant risk incorporating any new blood so late in the campaign. I expect Hendon to win comfortably today - anything less would be a 'massive' blow! Get the job done and move on.
The way things are looking, I'd settle for a turgid 1-0 win at Staines on Saturday. Obviously the aim would be to win heavily and boost our GD but I don't think we're in a position to take anything for granted. The sensible part of me, also thinks it will be hard for Staines to win two on the bounce. 0-0 anyone?