Henderson wants a response from Lambs when they head to Street Manager forced into changes again, but he expects a better performance
THE LAMBS return to Toolstation Western League Premier Division action at Street on Saturday looking to put behind them the nightmare of Tuesday’s poor showing in defeat to Helston Athletic.
Tavi were well below the usually high standards they set themselves with manager Stuart Henderson claiming that a 3-2 defeat flattered his side.
No doubt he will want a response from his players in Somerset this weekend, even if Tavi again travel light with so many players unavailable or injured.
“It is very difficult at the moment having to chop and change the side and it is not something I want to be doing, but we are left with no option,” he said.
“I am looking forward to three or four weeks’ time when people are back from injuries and the squad is settled, which is what you want to do, and get out on the training ground to work on things we have done well and things we haven’t done so well.
“On reflection on Tuesday night, I stand by my comments after the game. Our performances weren’t good enough. Despite new personnel within the team, I just felt that the basics of commitment, desire, energy, attitude and enthusiasm was missing, which is unlike us, and it was a bad day at the office.
“Again, we go up to Street with bare bones. Lewis Daw missed out on Tuesday through illness and he is away now for a week. He is a big miss for us because he is a physical, combative player and his attributes are suited to Western League football.
“We will miss him on Saturday, but there is no point in feeling sorry for ourselves, it is a long old season. We are a quarter of the way through it in terms of the league season, we just have to get on with it.
“Without naming names, I was disappointed with four or five senior players that have been with the group for four or five years. I just thought we were way off it, we didn’t win first balls, we didn’t win second balls, our positional sense was poor, and there was a lack of identity in the way we played. If you can’t play through teams, then can you play out wide? We just looked out of sorts.”
Often in such situations, managers will be glad for a game to come around so quickly, to get the frustrations of a defeat out of their system. But Henderson admits he would rather have some time on the training pitch with his players right now.
“I know that’s a cliché but, for me, I would like a week on the training ground,” he said. “We haven’t had a session since pre-season because it’s been games every Saturday and every midweek, so there’s been no time to work with the players and even if you can, so many are injured or unavailable that you’d only have eight or nine lads, which is no good, and limits what you’d get from those sessions.
“After Saturday, I will be grateful for the two-week break because we can get everyone back to fitness and Dan Evans wouldn’t be a million miles away from returning them either.”