Boss assess Grimsby defeat and looks ahead to Tamworth
Paul Buckle believes if his side can cut out the mistakes and do the basics right then they have what it takes to bounce back to winning ways at Tamworth on Tuesday.
The Hatters travel to the Lamb after a 4-1 hammering at Grimsby on Friday night – a result that extended their run without a win to the three games.
But Buckle is refusing to panic just yet and hopes his side can put their last two results on the road behind them and return to Bedfordshire on Tuesday night with three points in the bag.
“The one thing in football you have to do is dust yourselves down and get on with it – we have to put Friday behind us,” the boss told the media at Monday’s press call.
“We know where we fell short. We were surprised because in general over the past nine previous games we were on it – bar the Alfreton game.
“There are no excuses for Friday night. Individual errors cost us against Grimsby but I know that if we play at our very best then we are a very hard team to play against. We all know we need to get back on track Tuesday night.
“It’s about rolling our sleeves up – then again it always has been about that. There are no easy games but we must do the basic things right. We fell well short on Friday and Tuesday has got to be better.”
Tamworth lie two places and just one point below the Town in the Blue Square Bet Premier table after a 1-0 home win over Lincoln on Saturday.
Despite the Lambs’ good start to the campaign, Buckle, while fearing a difficult fixture, knows his side are capable of achieving victory – no matter who they face.
“Tamworth have points on the board and they won on Saturday so it’s going to be tough,” continued the boss. “Whoever we play it’ll be a hard game but we’ve got to get our own house in order – starting in defence.
“Against Grimsby we had a lot possession, created a lot of chances and won far more corners. We’re ticking a lot of the right boxes at the moment but we’ve got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot.
“Tamworth are going to come at us. They will see our result on Friday and try and get at us early. But I’m not interested in the opposition. I’ve seen enough our team this season to keep my chin up.
“We need to be more dependent on one other and we need to fight for every ball. The goals at Grimsby came out of the blue, they didn’t need to do anything special to score against us. The goals came from mistakes and the only way we can improve is by working hard on the training pitch.
“We talk about needing the first goal in games to give us a chance because we’re conceding goals. The players need to know they have to be watertight, they need to dig in and be resilient. If we can do that and keep a clean sheet I know we can score goals. We just need to be able to win games 1 or 2-0.
“It’s still early days, though, but even if we win the next two games I won’t be sitting here saying how brilliant we are.
“There’s a of hard work still to be done but the belief is still there – we proved a couple of weeks ago what a good side we are.”
The manager has no fresh injury worries ahead of Tuesday night’s game. Danny Spiller, Garry Richards and James Dance remain sidelined.