Gray knows Hendon must pick form up with success at Walton

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 December 2018

Hendon manager Jimmy Gray (pic DBeechPhotography)

Hendon manager Jimmy Gray (pic DBeechPhotography)


Greens beaten at home to Metropolitan Police and away to Basingstoke Town in past week

James Gray is aware things must improve quickly for Hendon ahead of their trip to Walton Casuals in the Evo-Stik South Premier South on Saturday.

The Greens make the trip to Surrey having lost four of their last five matches in the league.

The Silver Jubilee Park outfit remain in the play-off despite their poor form, but boss Gray knows that has to change soon if Hendon are to finish in the top five this term.

He told the club website: “We’ve had four defeats from our last five league games and that’s not good enough on our part.

“There’s nothing I can do when players make individuals mistakes that lead to soft goals.

“It’s tough to take as a manager and you start to think in training about how you can eradicate that kind of mistake, but you can’t.

“We can’t try to score three or four goals to win a game, it’s just not feasible.

“Individually, the boys have to look at themselves and think what they can do better; things will then start picking up again.

“I still believe in the boys and we have enough out there to start winning games.

The latest defeat for Hendon came on Tuesday night as they went down 3-1 at home to Metropolitan Police.

That followed a 2-1 defeat at Basingstoke Town on Saturday and Gray is aware his team must improve defensively.

“We had 20 minutes at Gosport Borough when we were defensively very good, but since then we’ve conceded 11 goals in the league, most of which have been individual errors which you can’t legislate for,” he added.

“I’m not going to tear strips off the boys because individually they know it’s a lack of concentration, an error, bad judgement and it’s costing us big time.

“We need to find a way of getting out of our bad run and we have to dig deep. We have another opportunity to put it right on Saturday.

“I said to the boys on Tuesday that nobody has a divine right to win a game of football, but Met Police were rocking at 2-1.

“We had a good opportunity with Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick when if he went down, I think the referee would have given a penalty.

They were rocking at that point, but then a simple back pass to Danny Boness, he’s kicked it to their centre forward and it’s gone in for their third.

“You can’t legislate for that and that goal knocked the stuffing out of us.”

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