WE MUST RAISE STAN­DARDS, SAYS SKIP­PER REYNOLDS

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

The 27- year- old wants to set a higher stan­dard, start­ing with this week­end’s FA Cup trip to League One Shrews­bury Town.

The Shots may have lost just once in six games, but Reynolds feels they have wasted chances to go top of the Na­tional League. With no one able to pull away, Alder­shot sit six points be­hind lead­ers Dover.

“It’s one de­feat in six, and that sounds good, but I think we could have picked up more points” said Reynolds. “We have to start again and go on a run and do even bet­ter.

“As a cap­tain, I need to set a higher stan­dard for the boys, but there were prob­a­bly just one or two of us you could say did OK [ on Satur­day]. Of a squad of 15, or the start- ing XI, it was nowhere near good enough to get a re­sult.”

Alder­shot may be the joint- high­est scor­ers in the Na­tional League, with 29, but they are also con­ced­ing.

“If you look back, a lot of goals we’ve con­ceded have been through set- pieces,” he said. “But that wasn’t the case on Satur­day, they were all from open play, so that’s some­thing we need to re­flect on and an­a­lyse to im­prove on.

“We can’t keep look­ing back on last sea­son be­cause we’re nearly half­way through this sea­son.

“We need to stick to­gether. We lost a game of foot­ball, worse things have hap­pened, but it’s dis­ap­point­ing in the way we did it.

“We need to come back stronger – it’s the FA Cup. In the league, no one is pulling away but we can’t keep slip­ping up and drop­ping points if we want to im­prove on last year. It’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween say­ing you want to do it and putting it into prac­tice.”

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