Stowmarket Town assistant manager Paul Musgrove reflects on Tuesday night’s defeat to Needham Market, the squad returning to full strength, and today’s trip to Thetford Town…
Starting off with Tuesday night and I thought that the two leagues between us and Needham really stood out.
I thought we had some really good spells in the game, and had we put our opportunities away in those good spells, we could have made it a lot more interesting.
The 3G surface was conducive to Needham, in terms of the way they move the ball around. Their movement was really good, and on reflection it was a fair result.
There’s always positives and negatives to work on from each game, and to be fair normally for us there are more positives than negatives.
The second half the boys came out and stepped on to them, won more balls higher up the pitch, and that’s what we asked for at half time.
We gave it a really good go, and to be fair to the boys as well, we’ve had a lot of games in a short space of time.
The lads have done really well, and credit to them because we’ve had a few injuries and suspensions. The lads have been a credit to themselves.
I’ve got to give a special mention to Chloe and Russell. They’ve been working flat out with the boys on their recovery and getting the treatment right.
We’re in a better place for Saturday, in terms of getting everyone back in the squad and making it hard to select the starting XI.
Finchy is the only one still on the sidelines. He’s probably still six weeks away, he’s still pretty sore from the rib injury he suffered against Gorleston a few weeks ago.
Next up for us it’s back to the league and Thetford away today. It’s always a hard place to go, and without sounding same old, same old, we’ve got to give them respect.
We need to be at it, on the front foot, press the ball and get it back quickly. We also need to be more concise in the final third, in terms of creating and putting the ball away.
That’s what I’m looking for tomorrow. The main aim is to be more creative, get more shots off and be more fluid building up.
We’re now three weeks into the season and it’s been good to have the games back. It’s people’s release and it’s nice that way of life has been able to return to normality.
Our focus needs to be the same, to make sure we’re winning games and then moving on to the next one.
We know it’s harder for the lads as everyone wants to be the team to beat us, but it’s good to be back.