18 points from 21, an FA Cup win, 17 goals scored not bad, not bad at all, so to the very very small minority who felt the need to give my team a bit of stick for the under par performance against Brentwood on Tuesday I say this – ‘PACK IT UP!!!’
This season is about the team moving forward in terms of performance, being settled and entertaining the excellent crowds that have supported us during the first few weeks of this season.
I could not have asked more from my team than the start we have had; 2 points better than the same stage last season, wins at really tough away venues (Sudbury and Thurrock) and next Saturday a really exciting test as we take on Gary Robert’s Cambridge City. I understand Gary was at Tuesday’s game and I suspect he did not learn a great deal about our team on that night.
There have also been other things that have pleased me so far. We seem to have learned to score from set pieces, we have better movement and better delivery again credit goes to the coaching staff for that as well as the way we are so comfortable on the ball.
Not all plus points however because there was parts of the Brentwood defeat that disappointed me. There are 3 ways to get through the opposition to score; go through them, go over them, go round them. Successful teams have all three in their ‘locker’ and on reflection I believe we did not do enough to test Brentwood down the flanks; an area that we will be working on.
I am also pleased to report that long-term injury victim Ollie ‘Cafu’ Brown is close to a return. He has suffered from a muscle tear deep in the groin/hip flexor area, which has a very slow recovery process. Ollie had an outstanding start to our season last year and he is another young lad who I have real belief in, to the extent that he was offered a new 2 yr contract in the summer, which he duly agreed and signed.
Age is no barrier at Bloomfields and if you’re good enough you’re old enough! Another example of that was Ace Howells who made his full 1st team debut against Tilbury a fortnight ago. A second year scholar and just 17 years of age his performance was one that had no fear and led the Dockers defence a merry dance.
ACE HOWELL - SEE YA!!
Non-League day tomorrow and a tough trip to Thamesmead followed by Monday Night Football in Ilford against Barkingside. Two real tests in two days and I have not doubt we will bounce back and give a good account of ourselves in both fixtures.
All the best