Read exactly what Chairman Raj Singh had to say in his column for Saturday's issue of Matchday Programme The Blue Print.
Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to The Super 6 Stadium for our Vanarama National League meeting with Sutton United.
As ever, I would like to start by welcoming all the guests and Directors who have made the trip from Sutton – we know it’s a long journey so we will make sure you’re well looked after this afternoon.
It was a frustrating game in lots of ways last week against Kidsgrove Athletic, especially once we’d scored the early goal – which isn’t something we’ve done a lot this season. When we went ahead so early I think expectations were raised and, just like any other fan, I was frustrated we didn’t go on and put them to the sword.
That said, we’ve seen plenty of cup ties over the years like that where the game can swing one way then the other – it was Kidsgrove’s Cup Final last weekend and they really raised their game in the second half.
As we all keep saying and as I have repeatedly asked for in this column, we need all the fans to stay behind the team because we all have a big part to play so we need to keep on believing and supporting.
You will have noticed that a couple of players have gone out of the Club in recent weeks. We know we need to try and get more goals in to the side. I also know what Matty and Craig, along with the rest of the management team, are working hard to rectify that – whether it’s by working on different systems or by bringing in new personnel to help us achieve our targets.
I think everyone would agree that we look pretty solid at the back and we don’t really look like conceding many goals. The defence can only get stronger too, once we start scoring more goals which will take a little bit of pressure off them.
We have come a long way in quite a short space of time but we understand there is still a long way to go. Nobody at the Club is sat around satisfied and thinking we’ve all done our jobs – everyone is working hard and nobody more so than the management team to keep on improving.
To give you an example of the work going on in the background, we were pretty close to being able to sign a high-profile ex-Premier League player a couple of weeks ago. It fell through in the end because the deal wasn’t right for the Club and we’re not going to force things through just to get a big name in to the Club. We won’t dismantle everything we’ve worked hard to put together for a big name – every deal has to be right.
In that respect, I think myself, Craig and Matty are all singing from the same hymn sheet. The Manager isn’t knocking my door down wanting players in just for the sake of it, he’s trying to get the right type of player and that’s something I am grateful for.
In the summer perhaps there was a little more desperation in our work on transfers because we were looking to rebuild the squad quickly but there is no desperation now. We can take our time to a certain extent and I think that’s another example of how far we’ve come that we’re able to do that.
We’ve seen clubs in the past rush in to signings and make mistakes – I’ve done it myself too and I’m determined that it won’t happen again. We will back the Manager to bring in players to improve the squad but the whole thing has to be right for the Club.
Enjoy the game.