08:30PM, Friday 09 February 2018
Neil Baker believes a few home truths dished out to the players helped the side to Tuesday’s convincing win over Redditch.
Before kick-off joint-managers Baker and Underwood told the squad they were no longer prepared to settle for mediocrity and were looking to bring in a couple of players to shake things up. With those words ringing in their ears, the Rebels produced one of their most convincing displays of the season and cantered to a 4-0 win over Redditch.
The words of warning followed a second half capitulation to lose 3-0 at Tiverton Town. Slough cannot afford too many similar results if they’re to remain in the title hunt.
“We got into the players a little before the game and gave them a few home truths,” said Baker. “We told them we expected better from them. It’s largely the same group that have been together since July 1. It’s the same players who took us on that cup run and started the season so well, but we told them we wouldn’t accept mediocrity, which is how we’ve been playing these past few weeks.
“We also let them know that some approaches have gone in for players so they know we’re prepared to shake things up a little.
“You never know how they’ll respond to that but, to be fair, they were brilliant and they were back to the level they had been.”
Baker admitted it was tweaks, rather than wholesale changes, that were needed to keep Slough’s promotion chase on track.
And their title bid might still have legs if they were to win a large percentage of the matches they have in hand on their rivals. They host Banbury United tomorrow (Saturday) before travelling to Biggleswade for a rearranged game on Tuesday.
“It’s been mentally tough to have all these games called off, and seeing teams on more points than you, but we’re back in the top five now and will start playing our games in hand. That’s when we’ll get the chance to show what we’re made of.
“Banbury are a tough side who’ve underachieved a little this season but they’ve made some changes and are sure to be hard to beat.
“Tuesday will also be tough and I’d take four points if you offered them to me now,” said Baker.
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