Boss Darran Foster has accused some of his Daventry Town players of being in the ‘comfort zone’.
Foster was furious following the 2-0 New Year’s Day defeat at high-flying Rugby Town, saying he felt Town lacked ‘passion and commitment’ for the derby date.
Town are back in Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central action tomorrow when they face another promotion contender in Royston at Communications Park (ko 3pm), and Foster is expecting a big improvement in performance.
And if he doesn’t get it and the Town players don’t start doing what is asked of them, then he is threatening to bring in new players that will.
And he also made it clear changes will be made to the starting line up ahead of Saturday’s match.
“I am absolutely gutted after the performance (at Rugby),”, said Foster.
“We never showed the passion and commitment that is required to win such a big game.
“We will most definitely be looking to freshen things up over the next couple of games.
“We have Ryan Howell and Guy Sanders both fit again, and Marcel Simpson is back from suspension, all three will be looking to be in the starting line-up.”
Despite the New Year’s Day defeat, Daventry are still in a good position in the league.
They are eighth and just four points off the play-off places, and Foster is convinced Town can still win promotion - but admits they are going to have to sharpen up.
“I believe we can make one last push in this league,” said the Daventry boss.
“A good run of wins would soon put us back in the mix and if that means bringing in fresh new blood, I will not rule out new faces being added to the squad.
“Too many players seem to have settled into the comfort zone and that is unacceptable to me and everyone involved with the club.”
Town lost out to two second half goals at Butlin Road, the second coming in stoppage time, and again it was Daventry’s lack of attacking urgency and firepower that let them down.
“I will take nothing away from Rugby Town, as on the day they were the better side in the second half and wanted the spoils more than we did,” said Foster.
“It’s okay having a lot of possession in these games, but unless we start showing some killer instinct in front of goal, we will be in for a long hard slog during the rest of the season.
“Yes, we played okay in the first half, but we still looked too laid back and had no penetration going forward.
“We asked the players to move the ball moved quicker, but we then gave two goals away, because we held on to the ball too long.
“It’s a pity we still have to learn things at this stage of the season, when we should be putting in more consistent performances.”
Following Saturday’s clash with Royston, Daventry are at home again on Tuesday when they entertain Aylesbury at Communications Park (ko 7.45pm).
(Interview quotes courtesy of Jim Davis)