CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Winter sets out his battle plan
STEVE Winter says his first task as Chippenham Town’s permanent manager will be to boost his defensive options – but the new Bluebirds boss insists he won’t be rushed into making panic signings.
Winter has already snapped up full-back Stuart Tovey, but was forced to play striker Alan Griffin in the heart of his defence in the disappointing home defeat to Bedford Town last weekend, with new boy Ben Murray and Shane Blackmore both injured.
The Bluebirds manager says his role hasn’t changed following his conversion from caretaker to full-time boss but is hoping that his players are ready to concentrate on pushing themselves up the Calor League Premier Division table.
“Things haven’t changed too much for me to be honest but it’s been good for the players because they were the ones that really wanted to know who was going to be the manager. Now they know and they’re happy and I’m happy too,” said Winter.
“I want to bring in a few but when you’re seven games into the season, players don’t want to leave.
“Players go to a new club and they don’t want to up sticks after seven games.
“They get to Christmas, see where they are in the league and what chance they’ve got of doing anything and then decide from there.
“I don’t want to rush out saying ‘I want him and I want him’ to fill the holes. I’d rather bide my time to get the right players in for the club and for the way we play football.
“I don’t want to say ‘he’s a right-sided centre-half’ – which we do need – and say ‘he’ll fit in with us’ without knowing a bit about him.”
Three goals in five second half minutes saw the Winter era get off to a bleak start as Town capitulated in a frantic spell after controlling the tempo of their clash with Bedford in the first 45 minutes.
Ben John saved well from Lorenzo Ferarri early on before Tom Knighton collected a throw-in and saw his shot on the turn deflect past Bedford keeper Daniel Green.
Ten minutes into the second period, John got down low to get hold of Ashley Farmer’s strike, but with a host of bodies putting the keeper under pressure, the ball wriggled through his legs, allowing Ashley Phillips to fire into the empty net.
The Bluebirds conceded a second shortly afterwards as a long ball forward found its way to substitute Jordan Patrick, who had time to slot home Bedford’s second and on the hour mark, the Bluebirds were shell-shocked as they found themselves 3-1 down.
The visitors pelted the area, with Ferarri and Farmer denied by last-ditch blocks but the ball eventually fell to Phillips, whose deflected strike floated into the net.
Bedford piled more misery on late on as Ferrari went down in the area under pressure from Greg Tindle, allowing striker Phillips to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
Winter added: “At half-time, I’ve never felt so comfortable. I thought that we were going to go out there and score some more goals and when I’ve come off the pitch at full-time, I was just stuck for words.
“The defence or the midfield weren’t the problem. It was just a few silly mistakes that have killed us completely and turned the game on its head, which is something I’ll have to look at.
“People will be looking at the score, thinking ‘that’s a hammering’ but it just completely wasn’t. They had a 15-minute spell throughout the whole game and just punished us through our own mistakes.”
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