Saturdays game away to Solihull Moors was not our best performance, a lot of the players will stand up and admit that.
Saturday the Stones conceded both goals from set plays, this means there really needs to be more work on positional play in training (which needs to be taken on board by the players) and better communication by the players on match day.
However, Jay should not be disheartened he is assembling a squad that is cable of staying in this league. It is my opinion that it is just the blend that is needed now and we will return to winning ways.
Let’s discuss the five reasons why I believe Jay Saunders should be happy and looking to this Saturday with a positive mindset.
Reason number one – Defence
Solihull Moors knew how to upset our tactics they managed to nullify our attack and exploit our defensive frailties.
Kevin Lokko came back into the side and whilst he will be the first to admit he did not have his best game he can play better.
Jamie Coyle was out due to illness, without doubt we missed him Saturday he should be available for this weekend.
Jay has time between now and the weekend to work on these defensive frailties and needs to make this his top priority. Whether that means bringing more experience and ability into the first eleven or working with what is available to him.
Reason Number two – Attacking Selection
Delano Sam Yorke was injured for the match vs Solihull Moors despite being on the bench.
I do have to question why he was on the bench if he was injured but let’s skip over that point.
With Delano Sam Yorke not featuring this allows for additional recuperation time this could and hopefully does mean that he is available for selection for the Aldershot game.
Reason number three – Finishing
The finishing during the Solihull game was dismal several close opportunities were put wide of the goal. This has been the story for much of the season. Jay Saunders will be aware of this and will use drills to work on this in training making full use of his attacking options.
Reason number four – Match Fitness
Kevin Lokko and Alex Flisher managed to a play a full ninety minutes which will improve their match fitness. An improvement in match fitness brings with it increased competition in the squad.
Reason number five – New Football League Player
Joe Pigott had a chance to run out for Maidstone United, and now should Delano Sam Yorke be unavailable for this weekend surely Pigott will start the match. A home debut for such a player would not only lift the crowd but also lift the team.
With these five reasons, I believe Jay Saunders can wake up this morning knowing there are good times to come and it just a question of belief.
Come on you Stones !!!!