Baker hoping for response from misfiring Rebels at Weymouth and Poole
A frustrating failure to get themselves firing was behind Saturday’s lacklustre 1-1 draw with Histon, according to Rebels boss Neil Baker.
Slough took the lead through Adam Cornell’s finish from James Dobson’s cross but the Rebels were hit by a second half sucker punch as the ten-men visitors grabbed a point thanks to a penalty from Nick Freeman.
Baker conceded their team weren’t ‘quite at the races’ as they were denied three points by their failure to bag one of the chances which fell their way in the first half.
He stressed that a similar display won’t be acceptable as Slough travel to Weymouth today (Saturday) and Poole Town on Tuesday in a week that he and joint boss Jon Underwood circled as being one of the trickiest of the season.
“It was frustrating. We weren’t at the races and failed to turn up for the second half,” said Baker.
“They had a player sent off in the first half but they raised their levels by 15 per cent and ours dropped by 15 per cent. We looked like a team that thought we’d win the game and we told them in the dressing room afterwards that we weren’t happy with their display.
“It was a poor display and one of those you try to write off and forget about.”
Sean Fraser gave away the second half penalty for a tug on a Histon shirt, and Baker and Underwood had no complaints.
“It was a penalty all day long. Some of the players weren’t happy about it but Sean’s got underneath the ball and dragged their man down so we’ve caused our own problems,” said Baker.
“We were missing some big players, and you’d like to think the outcome would have been different if they’d played, but we haven’t been beaten. We’ll move on and we’ll be alright.”
Eddie Smith and Johnnie Dyer could return from injury for tomorrow’s game at Weymouth, but Luke Knight is out after aggravating his groin injury in the draw against Histon.
“They’re a strong side with a forward line who’ve been in and around league and Conference level football,” said Baker.
“It’s going to be a long tough trip, but this, and the Poole game, are the ones we wanted to be involved with after getting promotion.
“If we could get a win from one of the games that would be an excellent return, but we’ll try to win both.”
*Slough will host either Hartley Wintney or Ardley United in the next round of the FA Cup on Saturday week.