Saunders wants positive Yellows
MANAGER Mark Saunders says his Tiverton Town players have no reason to feel despondent ahead of the visit of Clevedon Town, despite going seven matches without tasting victory.
The Yellows entertain the Somerset side at Ladysmead tonight (Tuesday) off the back of a 4-1 defeat away to Didcot Town to leave them clinging on to fifth spot by just two points.
That run has seen them slide from top of the table, and they missed a host of clear chances on Saturday – including a Joe Bushin penalty – before losing the match by a convincing scoreline.
But Saunders feels there were a number of positives his players can carry into the Clevedon match, although he urged them not to repeat their misakes the last time they met, when the Seasiders won an FA Cup Preliminary Round tie 2-0 back in August.
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"I just hope we don't go backwards after Saturday's defeat because there is no reason for us to do that," said Saunders, who will be without Dave Pearse for the immedaite future with a groin strain.
"I am hoping we can grow in confidence because the only thing really to be disappointed about is the scoreline.
"We're not playing badly at the moment, but we did not put our chances away and that cost us.
"Two thirds of the game I thought we did well. I could see the lads tiring at the end but that was just a little lack of match fitness, and that will come.
"We got forward well, created lots of chances but also missed lots of chances.
"The only thing missing from us on the day really was us actually putting the ball in the back of the net.
"Ironically, that is the problem we had when we last faced Clevedon so we need to make sure we don't do it again."
Tiverton's winless run, which now dates back to a 2-0 win at home to Wimborne Town in mid-November, has included four draws from the last five games.
And, echoing midfielder Kevin Hill's comments in Gazette Sport last week, Saunders concedes his side must go on the hunt for maximum points, even if it increases the risk of conceding.
"We have been drawing too many games – we've drawn nine so far and we need to get a few more wins," he said. "If just a couple of the games we've drawn this season had been wins then we would have four more points and be well clear of Paulton.
"It is like Kevin Hill said in the paper last week, I would rather see us win one and lose one than draw two because you get an extra point.
"We need to get a few more wins on the board and start picking up more points.
"I think they are all important games for us now. At this stage of the season, if you are sitting in a play-off spot then you want to put together a good run of wins to keep hold of it."