Lovell: I’ll prove I’m still a top man­ager

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Homes - By Alex Hoad

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.”

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