10:00AM, Saturday 10 March 2018
Slough Town will be looking to silence a few moaners and the groaners in the coming weeks as they attempt to cement a play-off finish.
Over the coming seven and a half weeks the Rebels must squeeze in 17 league games, and Baker said that most fans simply aren’t aware of the level of commitment that will require from their part-time players.
Undoubtedly it’s a massive challenge, and the side are likely to fall short of their best on occasions, but Baker said the players were looking forward to it. They have four or five league matches to make up on their rivals, but Baker believes that winning two or three of those games in hand will put them right in the mix for promotion.
He accepts the side haven’t been able to reproduce the flowing football of earlier in the season, and Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Basingstoke Town was also a little disappointing. But generally, he and Underwood are happy with how the side are playing, and are feeling pretty positive about the final weeks of the season.
“There’s been a bit of negativity around the ground of late,” said Baker. “A few moans and groans. But I’d say to them, look at the season we’ve had and what we’ve done. We’re not playing the free-flowing football of earlier in the season, but we’re still causing teams problems and playing well.
“We’ve got seven and a half tough weeks coming up, where we’ll play a lot of football. The players will have to take a lot of time off work, and I don’t think people really understand the level of commitment they have.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s one we’re looking forward to.”
Chris Flood finished off a superb move to earn Slough a late point against Basingstoke on Tuesday. The result lifted them back up to fifth in the table ahead of today's (Saturday) home game against Frome Town, and Tuesday’s trip to promotion rivals Kings Lynn Town.
“We went a goal down in the 70th minute on Tuesday, so you’d take a draw at that point anyway,” he said.
“We scored a really good goal to get back into it and they were hanging on for the last 10/15 minutes. Overall we were pretty pleased.
“Frome have been a bogey side for us and in the five games we’ve played against them we’re yet to win.
“Their performance against us at Arbour Park last season was the best of any side, so we know we’ll have to put in a better performance.
“Kings Lynn on Tuesday is a massive game as well. First and foremost we’ll look to be difficult to beat.”
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