Wildcats must work harder - Whitfield
DEFENCEMAN Stevie Whitfield insists that Wildcats must up their work rate if they are to end their disappointing run of three straight defeats.
The 23-year-old admits that spirits are low in the Swindon camp after two losses to Milton Keynes and one to Peterborough, games that saw Ryan Aldridge’s side concede on 20 occasions.
Swindon have slipped to fifth in the EPL table and fourth in the EPL-Cup standings and Whitfield says that he and his teammates must improve their displays, starting tonight against Slough.
“I think the boys are a bit disillusioned at the moment and it’s not much fun to be around when we’re not performing well, and we’re certainly looking for an improvement on Wednesday,” said Whitfield.
“It’s the defensive zone that’s costing us at the minute and that’s not a talent issue, we’ve got the personnel we need, it’s just a case of working hard and that’s why it’s more irritating.
“If you’re working hard and losing games it’s almost OK, but if you’re getting outworked and losing it’s really frustrating.
“The setup is perfect and everything is there for us to be successful, but at the moment we aren’t getting results and are getting outworked by teams.
“(Peterborough) is a tough building to come to but there’s no excuse, if you score six goals you should win, especially when you have Stevie Lyle in net.
“It’s a case of maintaining your concentration. It’s such a tight league that anyone can beat anyone and you have to keep working hard all the time.”
Slough’s new import netminder Kamil Jarina endured a torrid time on his debut against Basingstoke on Saturday, conceding six goals inside the opening 23 minutes as the Jets lost 7-5.
However, Whitfield says that he and his teammates will not focus on individual displays by opposition players and will instead concern themselves with getting their own game right.
“I don’t think we really think about how their new players are playing,” said Whitfield.
“I know there is a lot of changes going on there and maybe it’s a good time to come up against Slough.
“But it’s not something we look at - we don’t think that because a netminder plays poorly in one game that we’ll score - we’ve just got to play well and the result should come.
“We need to get away from this idea of big games and small games, if you want to be top four, every game’s big, because you have to win.
“Because of the last three results it becomes massive that we bounce back as quickly as possible.”
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