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Brown prepared to wield Ebbsfleet axe on out of sorts players
EBBSFLEET United manager Steve Brown revealed he is not afraid to wield the axe to his underperforming squad following last night’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Chelmsford City.
Despite hitting the woodwork twice, the Fleet put in a lacklustre display which saw them deservedly beaten by a hard-working Chelmsford team who got forward well on the counter-attack.
The loss means Brown’s side have won just one of their opening eight league games and are yet to record a home victory, with the manager admitting the team is now under pressure to turn their form around.
“I’ve said before that the draws we’ve been accumulating should’ve been wins, which would have put us in a position where we could have afforded a loss”, Brown said.
“If you don’t get those wins, the loss looks twice as bad in terms of the league table.
“I’ve taken on this job and bought in these players, so I take responsibility for what’s happening out there.
“But in terms of personnel, there comes a point where you’ve given them enough trust and you have to say you’re going to make changes.
“At this moment in time, because of the individual errors and because the results haven’t been what they should be, I’ve had to change the team every week and it looks like I’ll have to do it again on Saturday.
“I wouldn’t say tonight is a low point because it wasn’t that disastrous, as we’ve hit the crossbar and the post, but it was just the way I felt we played so well at times in previous games that this one hasn’t looked so great.
“We were a lick of paint away from equalising through Daryl McMahon and he also scraped the crossbar in the first half, but that was about as few chances as we’ve created in a game.
“I knew it was coming, as I’ve been in football long enough to know we can’t keep turning up and churning out eight to 10 chances in a game.”
He added: “They’re pivotal games, as if you win those, you take the pressure off and you’re sitting fourth or fifth in the league.
“Now we’re under pressure, so I need some characters.
“I need some players in that dressing room to stand up and be counted and not wilt.
“Steve Gritt and I have been around the game for a long time and we’ve said to the players that they’re making life difficult for themselves.
“If they want to be picked every week they need a consistent level of performance and show the supporters and me they’re doing the right job.
“That’s not just as an individual, that’s as a team, as, if you’ve got a set of players who work for each other week in, week out, you will achieve.
“The minute there’s players that try to do things as an individual and do too much while not listening to instructions, you’re forced to change things.”
The game was also the first time new owner Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi had seen the side play and the manager revealed it was good to speak with the Kuwaiti face-to-face.
Brown explained: “It was nice to sit down across a table with Dr Abdulla and talk about where we’re going.
“People will take a very short term view of what’s happening, but having the board meeting today has shown there’s a longer term view, with a youth system being created and a reserve team to get back into place.
“It was nice to talk to Dr Abdulla and put the ideas I’ve got to him.
“He understands this club, knows every player’s name and the situation of those players so he’s very switched on.
“I just hope we can turn it round and make sure we’re moving forward together.”
Brown is hopeful injured striker Ben May will play some part in training on Thursday night, while midfielder Michael Corcoran is expected to be recover from a groin strain in time to face Boreham Wood at home on Saturday.
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