Tuesday Mar 8, 2011
Des Lyttle called for his players to be mentally stronger after the defeated by 2 goals to nil at home to Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon. After a goalless first hour when chances were sparse, two goals in five minutes gave The Stags the three points.
Click more info for Des' thoughts on the game and the forthcoming trip to Kenilworth Road, where The Lambs will face the side in third place in the league and also in the Semi Finals of this season's FA Trophy.
"After the high of the win on Wednesday night, today was very disappointing - both the performance and the result were not good enough. The dressing room spirit was great before the game and I thought a 0-0 draw would have been a fair result. But as soon as they scored our heads went down and they broke and scored from our throw in after we made a change to the side to try and get back into the game.
"We have got to learn to do better when one down and realise the game is not lost. I will be looking for a vast improvent on Tuesday night at Luton. There will be 6-7000 fans inside the ground and the good pitch is going to suit us so I want us to play the passing game we know we can and try and cause an upset.
"The players though, have to take responsibility for what happens on the field, everyone is watching them - friends, family, fans - and they deserve to see better. I have asked the lads to search within themselves and understand what it takes to be a footballer. There are eleven games to go this season and they have to do better game to game.
"We don't seem to be able to put back to back performances in and that's the only way we are going to get any sort of consistency and, if necessary, grind out results - even if they are 0-0 draws."
Hayes and Yeading, with one of the worst goal differences in the league, visit The Lamb next Saturday (12 March) on the back of a 1-1 draw with Rushden and Diamonds, having played three more games that their nearest rivals. With just 3 points separating the Middelsex side from the bottom four coupled with The Lambs not having won a Saturday home game since the FA Cup victory over Crewe no matter what happens in midweek, the side needs your support to help them get closer to the points 'safety zone'.