We need to relax at home more – Hughes
CIRENCESTER Town will be attempting to do something unfamiliar when Didcot Town visit the Corinium Stadium tomorrow – win a home game.
The Centurions won just two games on home turf last season and have been beaten twice already at the Corinium this term.
Merthyr Town were the last team to come away from Cirencester with a victory, their 1-0 success last weekend ending Brian Hughes' men's interest in the FA Cup for the season.
But while Hughes isn't panicking about the discomforts of playing at home, he does admit that a rare victory may put nip any anxiety in the bud for his young team.
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"We haven't done too badly this season so far and hand on heart I believe the two teams that beat us will both end up in the top six," Hughes said.
"We didn't win too many at home last season but we have a new team and lads coming back from injury and we're perhaps a little too anxious at the moment.
"We're perhaps a little too keen and trying too hard to do well and what we need for them to do is relax and be a little bit more natural.
"Everything looks tense as they are all so desperate to do well. If we could get a couple of results at home and that calms down a bit, I think we'll be able to kick-on."
Hughes was pleased with the efforts of his side in earning a battling 1-1 derby draw with Swindon Supermarine on Bank Holiday Monday.
Matt Sysum's late header rewarded a spell of pressure that looked to be going unrewarded after Supermarine had taken a 77th minute lead.
And now Hughes wants to see his players reproduce that kind of form against the Railwaymen tomorrow, who despite assembling a powerful-looking squad, have yet to hit top form.
"I would like to think if we reproduce the kind of form that we had in the last 20 minutes against Supermarine there will be a result there for us," Hughes said. "We know every game in this division is going to be a tough one, but we also know if we can play like how we are capable, we can get a good result."
Hughes reserved special praise for his pair of comeback kids – defender Chris Thompson and goalkeeper Matt Bath – who returned to the club after a year out of football.
"Both of them are athletes, well actually only Chris is a real athlete," Hughes joked. "But it's great to have them back involved with the club.
"They are fantastic characters and they have both stepped back in as if they've never been away."