Underwood believes Slough Town's players can handle the pressure

Going six league games without a victory has been 'hard' on the Rebels management team and the players, but Jon Underwood is hopeful they have the right characters in the dressing room to deal with it.

Since beating Chelmsford City 1-0 on the opening day of the season the Rebels have suffered a series of setbacks, culminating in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to promotion contenders Ebbsfleet United.

Again, they played well in patches, and on another day might have taken something from the game, but the rub of the green hasn't been with Slough so far this season.

“It is hard,” said Underwood. “Me and Bakes, we can take it, you just hope the players can as well.

“If we’d played well for 65 minutes and then made some basic errors, we’d say we didn’t do enough over the 90 minutes, but I didn’t feel that was the case today.

“I can’t point a finger at our boys today. Yes, it’s hard, but we’ve got a week until our next game and we’ll just have to dust ourselves down and hope things turn for us.”

He added: “I don’t think we’re a bad side at all. You could argue we look stronger than in the first weeks of the season, but we have to prove that now by going and getting some wins. I think we could win two or three in this league.

“When players put in a shift and then a couple of things go against you it’s difficult. One or two looked a bit dejected because it felt like ‘here we go again’. But I don’t think we looked like a team struggling with confidence. For two thirds of the game were more than good enough.”

The Rebels are set to visit Billericay Town on Saturday, one of only two sides in the National League South currently below them in the table.

With Billericay having recently changed their manager, Underwood says preparing for their opponents will be challenging. But right now, he's much more interested in getting a consistent run of performances from his own group of players.

He said: “Billericay just changed managers and maybe that will mean they have a lot of new players next week.

“It will be hard to prepare for them with that in mind because there will be a lot of unknowns going into the game.

“We need to go there and believe we can get a win and that will really lift us. I’d rather we won playing rubbish at the minute, but we’re staying positive.”

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