05:00PM, Friday 15 September 2017
JOINT manager Neil Baker has said Slough Town won’t deviate from a rotation policy that has brought them tremendous success in the opening weeks of the season.
The management team made six changes to the line-up for Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Hitchin Town, from a side that had thrashed Dunstable Town 8-1 at the weekend.
That meant no place in the starting line-up for the team’s hat-trick hero from Saturday, Brad Wadkins, but Baker is confident the players have all bought in to what the Rebels are trying to achieve.
And he hopes that the players will be fresher of mind when it comes to the business end of the season, after watching the tired side ‘run out of ideas’ in their run to the play-offs last season.
“It’s been a great week,” said a satisfied Baker.
“No disrespect to Dunstable but I expected us to pick up three points on Saturday. Tuesday against Hitchin was a lot tougher, and it was tight for 65/70 minutes but once we got our second goal we could have scored five or six.
“It was a solid win, we kept our shape well and absolutely dominated after getting our second.
“The first half was a bit frantic and there wasn’t a lot between the two teams, but in the end we were really pleased with the performance.”
The goals that they notched in this week’s matches, 12 of them in total, carried the team to the top of the Premier Division on goal difference from the only side that has beaten them this season, Kettering Town.
Tuesday night was a harder workout for the men in yellow and blue, but they came through it quite confidently in the end with Chris Flood setting up three of the goals and James Dobson the man to bag a hat-trick this time.
For Baker and Underwood this season the squad is key.
Baker said: “We made six changes on Tuesday to a team that had won 8-1. Brad Wadkins had scored a hat-trick and was excellent but we explained to him that we had a plan for both games that we weren’t going to deviate from. It’s something we’ve done all season. We’ve made at least four changes for every game so far.
“We made a brilliant start last season as well, but come January and February we looked tired and out of ideas. We had eight or nine players that played 50 plus games.
“Hopefully rotation will help us to push on and give a bit extra, but the players have got to buy into it. We think they are and want to be at the club, but every player wants to play and get on.”
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