Stuart Reavell is demanding a response from Debenham LC’s players following their torrid recent run as he aims to avoid another derby-day humiliation tomorrow.
The Hornets are preparing for a visit from rivals Diss Town to Friends Meadow (3pm) amidst a dreadful spell which has seen them win just once in their previous six Thurlow Nunn League First Division matches, scoring six and conceding a worrying 20 goals in the process to leave them 11th in the table.
Fourteenth-placed Diss are on a three game unbeaten run which included a 1-0 victory over Great Yarmouth Town on Monday and also head into the encounter having thumped their rivals 5-1 in October’s reverse fixture, something a frustrated Reavell is desperate to avoid as he looks for a spark to reignite Debenham’s stuttering campaign.
“We just have no momentum whatsoever at the moment,” he said. “It is well known that I pride myself on a defensive record but the last six games have been very lacklustre performances.
“A reaction is definitely needed for Saturday. I just want to see some more pride and passion from everyone.
“Perhaps some of the players have become complacent; I’ve even started to question what I’m doing and if it needs changing. The last thing I want is a repeat of the last time we played Diss. We need a spark to get us back on track. I’ve had a great time here but this season has just been a lot tougher.
“If the players can’t get up for Saturday’s match then you have to wonder if they ever will. I’m looking around for who is going to stand up and be counted in a tough time because at the moment not enough of them are doing that.”
The manager has already reacted to the current poor run with the addition of two new frontmen, bringing in veteran forward Peter Griffin, who has previous experience in Wales, and Lewis Cook from higher-league Walsham-le-Willows but Marcus Josiah and Sam Ross will both be unavailable for tomorrow’s clash.
“I have a good squad of 18 to 19 players and have added these two so I am not short of players,” added Reavell.
“The issue has never been squad depth it has been about selection availability and commitment.
“Hopefully now we can get over those problems and become settled again, that’s what is needed.”
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