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Bristow demands Town improvement
BASINGSTOKE Town manager Jason Bristow said that his side must improve defensively after watching them concede 10 goals in the space of two matches.
Having lost 5-1 to AFC Bournemouth last Tuesday, Town suffered defeat by the same scoreline at the hands of Brentford on Saturday afternoon, giving Bristow cause for concern.
“We are disappointed in the manner we are conceding goals at the moment,” he said. “We need to stand up and be counted a bit more in certain areas.
“We have been guilty of overplaying in places. Friendly games can get you into that frame of mind but it’s a habit that we need to get out of. “Certain goals could have been avoided and that is the disappointing thing, but we have had a long chat and it is not a crisis. We have played two experienced League One sides who will hurt you if you make mistakes.”
Bristow is hoping to see an improvement tomorrow night, when Town travel to Southern League outfit Hungerford Town for another pre-season outing (kick-off 7.30pm).
“Tuesday will be a more realistic challenge for us,” he said. “They are a lot closer to our level than the last two teams we have played so it will be about getting some confidence.
“It is a dent to the confidence when you concede 10 goals in two games. We need to get back into the right frame of mind to make sure we are ready for that Sutton game on the first day of the season.”
See The Monday Gazette for a full report and pictures from Saturday’s game.