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Enfield Town boss concerned at side's missed chances
4:14pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
Enfield Town boss Steve Newing believes his side must start converting their chances after missed opportunities cost them dearly in their 2-0 defeat at Grays Athletic in the Ryman Premier Division.
The Towners dominated much of the game but spurned a series of decent chances as they fell to their second defeat in a row. It was also the second consecutive match they failed to find the net and this is starting to concern Newing.
The Enfield boss said: “Our shortcomings have been very basic and straightforward; we have scored two goals this season from about 12 to 15 really good opportunities. They haven’t been half-chances, they were proper chances and we need to start converting them. If we don’t then we’re going to have problems.
“We dominated the first 45 minutes and we should have finished them off but we didn’t. In the second half we have given them two goals with poor decisions in the space of three minutes and that has rocked us.”
Newing, whose side host Margate tonight, continued: “It is really frustrating because the players need to be taking these chances at this level otherwise you have to question them. But I know they’re good enough and it's not just the strikers.
"My wingers could have two or three goals, the central midfielders could have had two or three and one of my centre-backs could also have scored a couple. It’s a problem all over the pitch and it’s extremely frustrating. It’s beginning to concern me.
“If after six or eight games it is still happening then we will have to do something about it. I would love to have played in this team because I think I would have scored five or six by now but I’m not. The lads don’t mean to be missing chances but they should be converting more than they are.”
The visitors paid the price for their first-half misses as they conceded twice in the space of three second-half minutes.
Newing said: “We should have been three or four up and I will be disappointed if we don’t finish the season above Grays. Both ends of the pitch have been very disappointing. We made a mistake for their first goal and then casually passed the ball to them for the second.
“We could have come out of it with a draw but considering how we played even that was ridiculous because we should have been clear at the break.”
The Towners face local opposition over the bank holiday weekend with a home game against Hendon on Saturday followed by a trip to Wealdstone on Monday.
Newing said: “I expect Hendon and Wealdstone to both be around the play-offs this season. They are two local derbies and we need to acquit ourselves well. I know both managers well and have a lot of respect for them but we have to start turning our performances into positive results.”
Enfield Town have announced that computer game Football Manager will be the new shirt sponsors of their away kit this season.
Chairman Paul Millington said: “Being sponsored by such an internationally popular brand as Football Manager is a major step for the club and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”
Sports Interactive’s Miles Jacobson said: “We’ve kept a keen eye on Enfield Town since the club was set up back in 2001 and we know that they gave our friends at AFC Wimbledon a great deal of useful advice when they started up in the following year. We’re delighted to have Football Manager on the front of the club’s away shirt and look forward to a successful season.”
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