Meakin calls for Burnham's players to back themselves when going gets tough

Meakin calls for Burnham's players to back themselves when going gets tough

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Meakin calls for Burnham's players to back themselves when going gets tough

 

Gary Meakin

Burnham boss Gary Meakin stressed that the Blues must start believing they’re good enough to not only survive, but prosper in the Southern League Premier Division.

Having fallen to their fourth defeat at home to Poole on Saturday, the Blues appeared to be headed for another fruitless afternoon at Hungerford, but came from two-goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw.

Nathan Poulton gave the visitors hope with a first0-half penalty and Jordan Ajanlekoko slammed home their leveller in the 90th minute.

Meakin said that things were coming together slowly, but called for a little more self-belief from his players.

On Wednesday last week Burnham collected their first win of the campaign, at the fourth time of asking, with a 2-1 win at Frome Town.

“We just need the confidence to believe we’re good enough,” he said.

“When we scored against Poole we got nervous and invited them on to us.

“It was no surprise that they scored within eight minutes.

“When teams score against us they go for a second and go for our jugular.

“We’ve got to believe that we’re good enough.

“At the minute the players are thinking ‘are we good enough?’ and the answer is ‘yes’.”

Meakin felt his side had matched Poole Town in open play at The Gore on Saturday, but they were undone by two own goals which gifted their high-flying visitors a 3-1 win.

“They’re full of 6ft-plus players and they make life difficult,” Meakin said of the Poole side.

“We took the lead through Jack Hutchinson, but scored two own goals to help them out. We did as much to beat us as they did.

“It’s the finer details that are costing us, but we matched them in open play.”

They may have struggled to match the physicality of Poole, but after a shocking first-half display at Hungerford, they played the better of the football after the break.

Meakin said that the results were a reminder that they had to be at their absolute best to pick up points in the Premier Division.

“We didn’t play well in the first half (at Hungerford). We weren’t at the races, but I gave them a rollicking at half-time and we were much better after the break.

“We got a bit of luck with the penalty just before half-time, but we had chance after chance in the second half and should have gone on to win the game,” said Meakin.

“It was good that we showed some spirit to come from behind.

“That first half performance at Hungerford wasn’t good enough, and we’re not a side that can play poorly and pick up results at the moment.

 “It’s a kick up the backside and shows the players what is required.  We need to be on it for 90 minutes every match.”

Meakin’s Burnham travel to Hereford United (tomorrow Saturday).

The Bulls are playing their first season in the Southern League after being expelled from the Conference Premier for not paying their of creditors. 

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