Hughes puts his faith in the spirit of youth
TINKERING is a thing of the past at Cirencester Town.
Manager Brian Hughes has admitted he will pare down the analysis with his young squad – to ensure he does not overcomplicate matters.
The Centurions lost 4-2 to a classy Bishop's Cleeve performance at The Corinium Stadium on Tuesday , leaving Hughes admitting his side were outgunned at every turn.
But rather than lambast the out-of-character showing, Hughes said he will place increased faith in his talented but inexperienced squad.
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Hughes' men host Tiverton Town tomorrow in Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West (kick-off 3pm) intent on hitting back to form.
Jamie Reed returns after suspension, while Chris Thompson and Ellis Dunton are fit again.
Admitting intense scrutiny unsettled his squad last term, Hughes said there will be no reactionary changes this year.
He explained: "There haven't been too many situations in my time at the club where I have had to say that we have been bested in every department.
"But on Tuesday night we were second-best everywhere.
"We didn't perform to our ability at all – but it's important not to detract from Bishop's Cleeve's performance.
"They deserved their win, they played well and we have to give full credit to them.
"Last season we scrutinised every last thing in huge detail.
"And we probably ended up overanalysing things.
"We lost something like 15 games 1-0 last term, and we tried everything in order to combat that problem.
"We changed formations and set-ups, and tactics, and in the end I think we pushed too hard. We won't do that again this season, we've made a conscious decision not to.
"Our club is based our promoting youth, that's our ethos.
"Young players will always be a little bit inconsistent – they learn from making mistakes.
"That's to be expected and we don't tear into them for that.
"In fact what we do is we build up their confidence, talk through where the mistakes have been, and then set about solving those problems in a constructive way.
"I will always analyse everything to death – that's my job – but the difference this season is that I won't pass that on to the players.
"I've got to scrutinise myself and our approach, to make sure we're getting things right. But I won't make big changes. that would be counter-productive for players."
Hughes said Tuesday's defeat and its manner means his side must forget their league table situation entirely.
Cirencester sit fifth, but Hughes said a return to form trumps any notion of keeping pace with the leaders.
He added: "Tuesday was out of character, and we need to prove that tomorrow.
"If we'd won on Tuesday we could have been talking about our situation in terms of the league table. But we just need to step back from that now, and focus on what's in front of us."