Mood still positive says Potters Bar Town boss after Dorking Wanderers inflict another defeat
PUBLISHED: 18:48 26 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:02 28 January 2019
Scott Cousins says the mood in the changing room is still very positive despite Potters Bar Town's poor run continuing with a 2-0 defeat at home to Dorking Wanderers.
It is a run that has seen them win just two of the last 13 Bostik Premier League games and pick up just one draw in the previous seven fixtures.
It is form that has sent them hurtling down the table to the point where they are now just four points from the relegation zone.
But the Scholars’ joint manager is still confident of keeping his side up.
He said: “We’re telling them in the dressing room to still be positive. We’re on a horrendous run of results but we’re not getting hammered by anybody and we’re still competitive in every game we play.
“We just need to sharpen up at either end of the pitch and that will help us climb the table.
“The chaps are training really well and the mood in the changing room is fantastic.
“Obviously it is not great now after a defeat but there’s not once in this run where I’ve thought the confidence was shot.
“They are giving their all in every game they play and that’s what we demand.”
This loss, which with Haringey’s defeat sent Wanderers to the top of the table, was another case of Potters Bar matching their lofty opponents but falling down when it mattered.
And Cousins says the best way to arrest their slide is to cut out the silly mistakes.
He said: “We need to learn from each goal we concede, what we did wrong and how did the other team score so that when we face the same scenario again, the outcome isn’t a goal.
“This was another defeat when there isn’t too much to choose between the two teams but we can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot.
“I’m trying to get into them about being a lot stingier as keeping clean sheets is going to give us the foundation to climb the table.
“We’re not going to outgun teams and win 5-4 or 4-3. We need to start with clean sheets.
“The first goal summed us up. We lost possession but when we had the ball, it wasn’t controlled possession.
We were so open and expansive straight away where I want us to be defensively sound first and take our chances when they come.”
The set-up against Dorking did its job for long periods, with the Scholars having more of the possession and limiting their Surrey visitors to brief glimpses of goal.
“We always do our homework and we know that Dorking are very strong through the middle of the pitch,” said Cousins.
“That’s why we went with a diamond to get that extra number in the middle and we left our forwards wide to try and hit them on the counter.
“Tactically it worked in the first half. We were a little bit scruffy with the final pass in the final third and that is partly to do with the players but also partly to do with the pitch.
“But coming in at half-time I was confident we had enough of a threat to get something out of the game.
“It just didn’t work out that way in the second half shooting ourselves in the foot.”