05:00PM, Thursday 23 January 2020
Assistant boss Ryan Peters has said that the chance to jump above Eastleigh if they win Saturday’s crunch clash should be motivation enough for Maidenhead United’s struggling players as they look to put their recent poor form behind them.
United have an excellent chance to close the door on two consecutive league defeats and their exit from the FA Trophy when the Spitfires come to town this weekend.
Like themselves Eastleigh are far from assured of their National League place next season, despite having some games in hand on their rivals, but victory for Alan Devonshire’s side at York Road would lift them above their visitors.
Peters believes that will be enough to lift the cloud of despondency that’s settled following Saturday’s 5-2 defeat at Halifax Town and Tuesday’s shock 3-1 Trophy exit at the hands of Halesowen Town.
“One win, one scrappy win, however it comes, will change how we’re feeling right now,” said Peters.
“It’s all about getting it as quickly as we can.
“We’re really confident we can lift the players for Eastleigh. Because we know that if we beat them we jump them.
“Then we’ll be looking up at the next team we can catch rather than worrying about sides below us. The boys will be fired up for Saturday. We didn’t get the result we were looking for when we played them away, but we need to make sure they don’t beat us twice.
“If we can play against Eastleigh like we did in the first half today we won’t be too far away.”
Peters pulled no punches when reflecting on the side’s disappointing Trophy defeat, but chose the moment to remind supporters that the club’s punching well above its weight in the National League.
“We’ve come out for the second half and were nowhere near where we needed to be,” he added. “Things need to change but the gaffer is well aware of this. But, rest assured he will get it right and will get us out of this bad run of form.
Second half they nullified us and the chances we created were scarce.
“But we’re more concerned about the goals we’re conceding. If you look back to the start of the season we were so much more resilient. We weren’t conceding very many, and we need to get back to keeping clean sheets.
“But what people need to be aware of – and I’m sure they are – is that we’re punching well above our weight. We’re playing professional teams week in and week out so there are going to be these times when energy levels are down.
“We’re going to have these ups and downs, but I’m sure the gaffer is going to change it like he does every year and I’m sure we’ll have a better end to the season.”
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