Date: 11th March 2015 at 11:16am
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Coach Alan Rogers has been speaking following our recent defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge, and he’s hoping for an upturn in results following recent loan captures.

Speaking to the Official Site following the arrival of midfielder Dan Gardner, and most recently defender Janoi Donacien, Rogers explained that he thought they’d both be key to a change in fortunes for us over the remaining games this season.

‘Janoi has been a big miss for us. He was called back by Aston Villa to play games but he’s not even been in the squad. We’re grateful to have Janoi back, his pace is a huge asset. He’s been playing in the Under 21’s so he’s got match fitness but we’ll work with him and the other defenders and go again. Dan Gardner was one of the positives from Saturday because I thought he was terrific when he came on. He took his goal well, he wanted the ball and got into some dangerous positions. He gets on the ball and I think you could see that he was making things happen.’

21 year old Donacien said following his return that it was ‘good to be back’ in his eyes and his focus was on getting points and helping the club move up the table.

‘I am ready for the fight. It was hard because I was doing well and we were picking up points and then I had to go back and adjust back at Villa but that’s football. There’s a few new players but the core squad is still the same.’

With Donacien walking back into a defeat in the game against Dagenham, he added.

‘It was tough in the first half and got tougher in the second half but we made it tough for ourselves. We have to keep going, we can’t be dropping points at home. Everyone is feeling a bit down because we’ve let in some bad goals. It was our individual errors that caused their goals but we’re up for the fight.’

The focus obviously he explains is to stop making mistakes and stop conceding goals and get as many clean sheets as we can so we can nick games one nil.

‘The target is to stop conceding goals because, like on Tuesday against Wycombe, if you concede two goals you need to score three to win the game. If we can tighten up defensively, the attackers can free up play. We have to grind out results, draw games and win games, we can’t afford to keep dropping points. We have to think positively and we have to push up the table, there’s a lot of very good players here.’

Gardner himself explained that his focus was obviously on moving us up the table as well, but he felt it was a ‘good place to be’ despite our form and where we find ourselves in the table.

‘It seems like a good place to be, we’re in a fight to stay in the league but hopefully we can push on and stay up. There’s a lot of pressure and I’ve not been in a situation like this before but I’m looking forward to help them get back up the league. The lads have been fine but they just look a bit low on confidence.’

With some delight for him directly against Dagenham as he scored one of our goals, Gardner admits that hitting the net isn’t what he’d call one of his strong points in his game, but it is something he wants to improve on and develop more, so he hopes it won’t be his last strike for us.

‘I like to bring others into play and set goals up. I’m unselfish and like to let others score more than me but if there’s a chance for me, I’ll obviously try and score.’

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