Clapton boss Fowell urging his side to start performing or expect squad movements
PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 December 2018
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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell is sending a rallying call to his players to start performing or they will be out the door.
The Tons will travel away to St Margaretsbury Recreation Ground to take on Matthew Mitchell’s side this weekend as they look to rectify their recent poor run of form.
And Fowell is now determined for his side to start showing what they can do instead of continuing to slip down the Essex Senior League table.
“It’s my way, our way or the highway,” Fowell said.
“They’ve got to quickly wake up, understand and take on what we’re telling them to do and do it.
“If they don’t we’ll bring someone or people in who can do it.”
The former Enfield under-21s’ coach says they have got a new-look squad but that is no excuse – especially as they suffered a 5-0 defeat to Tower Hamlets on Friday evening.
“We’ve got players playing in positions they don’t normally play in,” added Fowell.
“We had a 17-year-old in goal as our goalkeeper got injured, so we had to bring him in, and he doesn’t play for the team and has only trained once.
“He has come in and done quite well.
“But we made four defensive errors (against Tower Hamlets), four very poor goals to give away, which has been the story of our season really.
“It just keeps happening; the defenders are just not understanding how to defend.
“Either they shape up or ship out. If they don’t buck their ideas up, they will be out the door and I’ll bring some players in who can because I’m sick of it as it’s constant telling them what to do.
“It’s real Sunday League defending, it’s just not good enough.”
Frustrated Fowell is expecting a tough clash and has praised the impact of new Saints boss Mitchell and his new management team, which includes former Aveley assistant manager Tony Faulkner.
“We should have beaten them at home, but we didn’t,” added Fowell.
“They have got a new management team and they’ve turned the corner since, so it will be another tough game.”
Clapton were due to face promotion hopefuls Walthamstow at the Old Spotted Dog last night (Tuesday) as they looked to bounce back by causing an upset.