“we were poor in both boxes” admitted a downbeat caretaker boss Paul Davis after seeing Town slip to a demoralising defeat against Lowestoft.
“We created more chances in this game than in any game this season yet it’s only the second League game we haven’t scored in. You would like to think that if you create that number of chances you would be getting on the scoresheet but we didn’t.
And at the other end of the pitch If their number 9 (Jake Reed) had been playing for us I’m sure we would have won. We know how good he is and I spoke about him in training and before the game so I’m not sure what more I could have done other than go on the pitch and mark him myself.
But it’s not just the boys that played at the back today because we haven’t been good defensively all season. We’ve probably had ten centre halves and Harvey today was our fourth keeper and there’s only so many changes you can make.
Up front Ravi Shamsi did well on his debut but Chris Wreh had his quietest game yet as did Kairo Edwards-John who had to come off after being clattered.
At 1-0 we had chances to get back into the game and go on to win and even when they scored their second I still felt we could get something but small margins decide games and they defended very well.
With regard to the new lads coming in we need players who can play in more than one position which is why Lewis Wilson is still here as he can play in four or five. A club of our size and budget can’t afford to go out and get the best striker or the best midfielder but if Nabil – who will be back on Tuesday – had been able to play today it might have been a different result.
As I said in my programme notes the team off the pitch are working hard to bring new players in as they don’t feel it’s been good enough up to now. That may happen again this week but that’s out of my hands and the key thing is the budget. That’s simply being realistic.
But the opportunities are here for young players to be noticed such as Foday Nabay for whom Fulham paid £225.000 eighteen months ago . You wonder why he’s here and he needs to move up again. Similarly I can see George Heaven progressing to possibly the EFL but he’s currently out injured and won’t be back for three weeks.
So we now look forward to the cup game against Wolves on Tuesday and we’ll certainly be doing all we can to win that one.”