Fri, 02. Feb. 2018

Players Owe Club a Performance - Shaw

Sheffield FC take on play-off chasing Alvechurch at the Coach & Horses ground, writes The Star’s Paul Webster, knowing defeat could see them drop to the bottom of Division One South table.

Only goal-difference separates Club from bottom placed Gresley FC, who host Spalding United in 13th with just six-points blanketing the bottom 10-teams.

Club boss Mark Shaw is looking for a reaction from his players to last week’s disappointing defeat at Newcastle Town. “I’m scratching my head as to why we didn’t perform. They (Newcastle) were there for the taking,” said Shaw.

“The players have got to get stand together and realise they are in a bit of dogfight. I’ll continue to back my players as I always do but they were disappointing last week. We’ve got to become harder to beat and score more goals.”

“I think the players owe me and everyone at the club a performance for believing in them. It’s up to them to go out and turn things around. Alvechurch are a very good side and are up their flying but we’ve generally done well against the top sides, it’s against the teams around us that we’ve come unstuck.”

Shaw hinted that he may make changes against Alvechurch said, “We will be a lot different on Saturday. We know we’ve got to turn things around. Hopefully we’ll go out on Saturday and bring back the three-points we desperately need and get us on a run of results to help us move up the table.”   

Shaw confirmed that central defender Louis Morrison will make his debut after signing on-loan from Alfreton Town.

Alvechurch - fifth in the table - have lost just one of the last 12 league outings which came in a surprise 4-2 home reversal against Belper Town last month.

Sheffield gave an excellent account of themselves in the reverse fixture back in November when they were rather unfortunate to go down 3-2 with the hosts scoring a spectacular winner four minutes from time.

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