01:00PM, Friday 01 November 2019
Jon Underwood admits Slough Town were taught a lesson in complacency from their defeat to Oxford City – but the Rebels were able to bounce back against Welling United three days later.
The Slough joint boss saw his side’s unbeaten league run come to an unexpected end against 15th placed Oxford on Saturday, who snatched a 2-1 win.
George Wells’ goal on the stroke of half time put the Rebels on course to add to their streak of victories but Zac McEachran was able to draw the hosts level immediately after the break. City’s Eddie Jones wrapped up the match half an hour later with a cool finish past Jack Turner, handing Slough their first league defeat in 10 games.
The loss slipped the Rebels into fifth place in the National League South. Underwood admitted his side underestimated the opposition.
“They (Oxford) played far better than their league position showed,” he said.
“It was a bit of a flat performance from us and they played very well.
“When you are on a winning run, you need to consistently perform well against whoever you’re playing. If you don’t turn up, you won’t win because this has proven to be a really tough and relentless league.
“That was displayed on Saturday. We weren’t up to our usual standard and we got beat.
“I think maybe the result just reminded us that we can’t just turn up and expect to win. We need to grind out the points and work hard, week in week out.”
The Rebels got the opportunity to redeem themselves at home on Tuesday night against Welling United.
Ben Harris’ 74th minute header secured Slough a hard-fought 1-0 win at Arbour Park, lifting the side back into fourth spot in the league.
Slough played the game with a largely unchanged eleven from their match against Oxford and Underwood said he was keen to give his players an opportunity to make amends from Saturday’s performance.
“We only made one change in the team on Tuesday,” added Underwood. “We just felt that those players (who played against Oxford) have been a big part of why we’ve been on our great run.
“They deserved the chance to put it right.
“We want to maintain our spot in those play-off positions so we didn’t need to say much to motivate the players.
“We weren’t at our best but definitely deserved the three points.”
One player who will not feature for Slough in the foreseeable future is Simon Dunn.
On Wednesday, the midfielder announced his decision to step away from football after mental health issues meant he could not carry on playing.
The midfielder made his move to Arbour Park from Basingstoke Town in 2016 and quickly established himself as an integral part of the Rebels squad.
“I think he’s been very brave in being so honest and open about it,” said Underwood. “We’re pleased that he stepped forward and spoke to us.
“It’s an issue that is very common at the moment and is something we all have to be aware of. He’s got everybody’s support and the club have put no pressure on him to return. He’ll have a break that he obviously needs.
“He’s done the right thing and hopefully he can come back feeling more confident about himself to step back onto the pitch again.”
Slough Town host 10th placed Chelmsford City tomorrow (Saturday).
Kick-off is at 3pm.
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