Date: 22nd December 2014 at 7:55pm
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Manager Chris Hargreaves has had to accept that Braintree were far the better side in our two nil loss to them in the last game.

It was another disappointed defeat at the weekend, and worse still was the fact that we failed to register a single shot on target across the 90 minutes, and speaking to the Official Site following the game Hargreaves had to admit that they were the better team but also that our performance was simply not ‘acceptable’ again.

‘Credit to Braintree, they were much the better side. They did all the basic things right, the ugly things. They got the ball forward quicker than us and picked up all the second balls. We were really poor. All our preparation was right but too many players didn’t deliver. Normally, my team is at it, whether we win or lose, and I can only apologise to our supporters because that wasn’t a team that reflected me as a person or a manager.’

Unfortunately he’s had the opportunity to use that particular phrase a few times since coming in as gaffer, and our consistency is again showing itself up as costing us, we need a run again of results going into the New Year to give ourselves a chance of achieving our aims.

Looking forward, he also confirmed that he was however happy with the group of players he has available to him so he’s not expecting to do much, if any business, in the January transfer window when that reopens.

‘I’m happy with the players I’ve got and anybody coming in would have to improve a position. If that isn’t possible, I’m not going to be rushing around to do anything. We’re on a very tight budget and it’s almost one out, one in. Players might have to go out on loan to clear up some money but things are tight for all football managers because there isn’t a bottomless pit.’

Hargreaves adds that he certainly won’t be taking any gambles in the window as he needs to box clever and anybody coming in has to improve us, and help us get our season back on track so he won’t be taking punts and hoping somebody unknown can come good.