Lovell: I’ll prove I’m still a top manager
letting us down, they know it and I have told them so.
“You can have a go at the manager all you want but it is the players that get the results. You work hard all week and prepare them for the game but at any level of football, when the game starts it is not the manager’s fault if the players don’t perform.
“I’m a good manager and have proved it – and I will prove it again. I’m not going to change anything.
“I’ve always done it the same way, so if one group of players can be successful doing it, why can’t another group?
“At the end of the day you have to ask if the players are good enough. Can they roll up their sleeves and get us out of this?”
Lovell said the fate of the club would lie with the players on the pitch.
He added: “The only people that can get us out of this are the players and the staff. The supporters can help with their vocal support but they can’t get us out of it.”
Lovell called for unity at the club – who have not won in 10 games – and said fans were “either with us or they’re not.”
He added: “There is no pressure on me other than that I put on myself. We want to be successful.”
Ashford could have Joe Fuller and Nick Smith back against Croydon, although Paul Jones, Scott Chalmers-Stephens and Toby Ashmore remain sidelined.
Town are now winless in 12 away games this season after a 2-0 loss at Leatherhead last Saturday, during which keeper Darren Ibrahim conceded a calamitous goal.
Lovell said: “Darren’s made one mistake and it was a crucial one, after that he did not put a foot wrong. We need something like that to go for us at the other end and then we’d have something to hold on to.
“I know we can turn it around, it might take longer than we’d anticipated but we always knew it would be a struggle this year.
“When we have played to our best we have picked up points, the only thing missing is the consistency.
“If we had that I think we would win more than half our games in this division.”