THE disappointment from a New Year’s Day defeat to struggling Wimbledon was felt by everyone with a Yellow heart.
At the very top of the frustrated list is manager Martin Ling but he is not a man to panic, and he can take heart from the success of last season and the fact we have more than 20 games to go.
Injuries and late goals have undoubtedly blighted the first half of our campaign, but there is an honesty about this group of players and staff at Plainmoor, and that will hopefully translate into better results.
“There are a few fans saying to me that we have to go out into the market but we haven’t got money to buy people,” said Martin. “We have got money to get a loan player but we’re not the type of club that can bring in four or five players.
“The last two seasons have been over-achieving from Mr Buckle and myself last year. This year, we are under-achieving in terms of where we are and it is now a little bit of catch-up with the points tally.
“I can understand the fans being frustrated. They expected us to roll over Wimbledon but our results against lower-placed teams in the league have been poor, whereas we put them to bed last year.
“We’ve done well against the top teams but there is a different mentality for lower sides. We expected to win yesterday and sometimes that is mentally difficult for players at this level.
“We pull our guts out as a group of staff and I’ve got a set of genuine lads trying their very best. I will always give honest answers to questions and we were poor yesterday, but we don’t go out there intending to be poor.
“We’re not in a relegation scrap and there are teams with bigger budgets than us who are in a far worse position, but I do feel we’ve chucked away too many points this year.”