CHIPPENHAM TOWN: 'You lot must be soft in the head'
CHIPPENHAM Town manager Steve Winter says that a lack of mental strength is to blame for his side’s Jekyll & Hyde start to the season.
The Bluebirds have struggled for consistency so far this campaign and have endured a disappointing week, suffering 4-1 losses at high-flying Bideford on Tuesday night and mid-table Burnham last weekend.
And the Hardenhuish Park chief reckons that it’s up to his players to rectify their mindset in order to improve their form in the Calor League Premier Division.
“At the moment, we let a goal in and we are like a pack of cards in the wind - our team are definitely good enough but mentally, they’re just too inconsistent,” said Winter.
“We’re our own worst enemy and if we go a goal down, we just totally fall apart. I don’t think we’ve been beaten by a side that have played us off the park and that’s what frustrates me.
“They think they’ve won the game before they go out there and they’re not mentally approaching it in the right way – it’s up to them as individuals to be mentally strong and at the moment, they do it too inconsistently.
“All myself and Adam (Tudor, assistant) can do is set them up for the game ahead of them, tell them where the danger men are and where the weaknesses are. As soon as they get on that pitch, they’ve got to be strong.
“At the moment, we’re winning one, losing one and sometimes you’ve got to graft, graft, graft and get a result.
“I’ve told them that they should go out there and say ‘that’s my man. I’m going to get the better of you today’.
“You’ve got to forget about everyone else and if you can do that, then everyone is doing it and the game takes care of itself.”
Chippenham face a tough task to bounce back to winning ways this weekend as they host second-placed Chesham United.
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