Howarth's Way: Not a time to overreact, we just need to focus
OBVIOUSLY things didn't go as we had planned on Saturday against Plymouth and we know have to improve up at Accrington next weekend in order to pick up our first league win of the season.
After four matches of the season our only victory has come against Crawley Town in the Capital One Cup.
However, there will certainly be no overreaction or panicking, just a re-focus and reminder of the things that we have been doing so well over the last couple of seasons.
Our recent very good home record got turned on its head but we will certainly be ready to go when we return to the Abbey Business Stadium after three away matches.
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For 20 minutes against Plymouth I thought we played well. We had a lot of possession and created a couple of chances.
However, Plymouth managed to survive the early scares and then went on to score three goals and win comfortably.
Our reaction to going behind was in stark contrast to the way we came back against Crawley, which made the last 65 minutes or so even more disappointing.
That said, we were able to have a regroup on Sunday morning at the training ground and following on from some DVD analysis work on Monday, we will move on, learn some lessons and only look forward to our upcoming fixtures.
One of the few positives to come out of the match was the return of Steven Gillespie on loan from Fleetwood.
Gilly certainly showed some of the clever touches that made him a firm favourite with the fans a few years ago and he will certainly only improve with the more game time he will receive with his initial month with us.
We are obviously missing Terry Gornell and Jamie Cureton through injury at the moment but they are working hard Ian Weston and while we are obviously very keen to get them back available as quickly as we can we have to be sure they are in the best possible shape before they return.
Steven was brought in due to our lack of options up front with the injuries to those two forward players, but another positive to come from Saturday was the introduction of Bobbie Dale for his professional and Football League debut.
Bobbie has done very well this season whenever he has stepped up to train with the pros and has also shown some quality in the reserve matches he has been involved in.
His debut comes hot on the heels of Zack Kotwica's and those two second-year scholars are part of a group of players who are keen to make a future in football.
Zack, we were able to confirm last week, has signed his first professional contract with us and I would like to offer him some belated congratulations for that.
Bobbie and Zack have earned their opportunity and as proud as they should be with their involvement in the first team this season, they won't need reminding that they have still so much hard work to go over the coming days, weeks, months and seasons before they can look back on their career happily.
Both lads however have shown that we are keen to use our talented youngsters if we feel they are up to it.
That will provide the other young boys at the club with the hope that they are not too far away from stepping up from the youth setup to getting involved with the pros.
Next week will see us clock up some big miles on the road as we travel to Lancashire twice with a journey to east London sandwiched between those journeys.
For those of you who are able to find the time and funds to come and support us your efforts are very much appreciated.
For those who would like to come but are unable to, it will be good to see you back at the Abbey Business Stadium in a few weeks – hopefully with a couple of wins under the belt.