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Smith warns Studley players they may face the axe
4:29pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
PAUL Smith has warned his Studley players it’s time to step up to the plate - or face the axe.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Midland Combination Premier rivals Nuneaton Griff, Smith says he will consider changes and is already looking to bring in two new players on loan by the weekend to cover an injury-ravaged squad.
“Everone looks at us and says what a good squad we have, said Smith, following the 3-2 defeat at Alvis Sporting on Saturday. “It’s all well and good saying that but players just need to take a bit more responsibility and step up to the plate. If they don’t then changes could have to be made.
”Studley is a great place to come and play and we have a strong bunch of players here. The board have worked tirelessly to make it that way so now the lads need to do their bit.”
Smith saw his side, which included himself as a substitute due to four players dropping out on the day of the game, slip behind to a Raj Virk brace and a goal from Leon Kelly - then almsot salvage a point.
Andy Nichol pulled one back from the penalty spot a minute before the break after Nichol himself was brought down, for which Alvis keeper Neil Collett was dismissed. Nichol added another, again from the spot, but despite laying siege to the hosts’ goal for the last 15 minutes they could not find an equaliser.
“We were down to the bare bones on Saturday but arguably the first 35 minutes was the best we’ve played this season and but for bad luck, good goalkeeping and the woodwork we could have been two or three goals up. But then our first mistake gifts them a goal and we are three down against the run of play.
“That’s the way things have been going for us lately but hopefully our hard work will be rewarded in the end.
“Griff will be another tough test for us, coing in the middle of a run of five away games when we could really do with a couple at home. Like Alvis they are good at home but we’ll look to have a couple of new faces on loan before then.
“There’s no point really bringing in players long term because I feel when everyone is fit here we have the quality to succeeed at this level.”
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