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CHIPPENHAM TOWN: We have to fight
CHIPPENHAM Town boss Adie Mings has urged his players to stand up and be counted after their Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division promotion ambitions were dealt a body blow by Barwell.
The Leicestershire side, who had already shocked the Bluebirds by putting five goals past them in October, ran out 3-0 winners at Hardenhuish Park on Saturday, condemning Mings’ men to their second defeat in three games since returning from the enforced winter break.
Chippenham chief Mings says that he has no reason not to have confidence in his squad – but has called on them to dig out their fighting spirit and get their promotion challenge back on track.
However, he admits that has is no quick fix to hand.
He said: “It’s the story of our season that we’ve been very disjointed with injuries and suspensions.
“But that’s why you have a squad and you have to believe in the players you’ve got but, at this moment in time, too many players aren’t doing the right things at the right times.
“They’re giving the ball away in poor areas and costing us soft goals. There’s no magic formula. It’s all about confidence.
“You could see as soon as the first goal went in, the confidence seeped out of the lads and it goes again when the second goes in.
“But you’ve got to be brave.
“You’ve got to stand up to be counted when you’re in possession of the ball to try and do the right things.”
The Bluebirds have typically boasted one of the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division’s best defences in recent seasons and there are currently only five sides who have conceded less so far this season.
But Mings is concerned over the amount of goals they have shipped in recent weeks and added: “That’s three goals conceded (against Barwell) and last week (in the 3-0 win over Weymouth), we might have conceded three goals again.
“At the moment, we seem to be very open to play against and it’s something we have to get to the bottom of, sooner rather than later.”