Daniels boss aims to stop the slump

Ricky Miller in action against Chasetown'Photo: Geoff Atton
Ricky Miller in action against Chasetown'Photo: Geoff Atton
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Daniels boss Wayne Hatswell has plenty of food for thought ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Loughborough Dynamo to Kettering Road.

Stamford have hit their worst run of the season and face more suspensions after the red mist descended during last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Chasetown.

Sean Wright and Jack McGovern were both sent off before Stamford conceded a poor 90th minute winner on Saturday.

The Daniels then slumped to their third straight defeat on Tuesday, falling three behind at Leek Town in the first half hour and finding no way back.

“We have not turned into a bad side overnight,” said Hatswell after Tuesday’s loss.

“But what was alarming is the way we seemed to collapse after the first goal went in. People were not doing their jobs and I am disappointed with that.

“We are not getting the breaks at the moment but we are not going to start feeling sorry for ourselves.”

And although Stamford’s goals appear to have dried up with just one in three games, the Daniels boss believes his pairing of Ricky Miller and Ben Saunders is starting to gel.

“The front two did well,” he added.

“They got into good positions. It was just the end product that was missing. That was the best they have played together but we need to be better in all areas.”

The Daniels picked up two injuries in the defeat with James Ozmen and Tom Batchelor looking doubtful for tomorrow’s match against Loughborough.

McGovern and Wright will definitely miss the games at Halesowen and King’s Lynn following their dismissals - both for arguing with the referee - against Chasetown.

Stamford’s red card tally now stands at six for the season and speaking at full-time, assistant boss David Staff said: “Whatever the standard of the referee, there are lessons to be learned. Our disciplinary record is not good enough.”

Hatswell, who was also sent from the dugout during a game marred by yellow cards, was highly critical of the referee but added: “We have to address our discipline.

“I have increased fines for players in the past and will do it again if I need to. We need to have 11 players on the pitch and suspensions do hurt.”

Stamford versus Loughborough Dynamo kicks off at 3pm tomorrow. The Daniels travel to King’s Lynn on Tuesday evening for a 7.45pm start.

l Striker Ricky Miller and wideman Andy Hall have both been named in the Evo-Stik First Division South team of the season.