Hornchurch captain ‘confident’
PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 March 2013
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Styles: We can get results we need
Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles is confident his side can pull themselves out of trouble in Conference South.
Urchins slipped to next-to-bottom this week, after being held to a draw by Farnborough and seeing rivals Billericay win in midweek.
Jimmy McFarlane’s men host Bath today (Saturday) and visit Chelmsford on Monday for two crunch fixtures and Styles, recently returned from a broken collarbone, is backing his teammates.
He said: “I honestly see us doing well and we are all confident we can get the results we need.
“When we won promotion we were aware of the task at hand, we expected nothing less.
“Every game is like a cup final and we have had some fantastic occasions against Chelmsford in the Ryman Premier, Essex Senior Cups and the FA Trophy.
“It adds extra spice to the game but it’s no different to what we set out to achieve in any other game.”
Styles saw centre-back partner Reiss Noel limp off againt Farnborough last weekend, but had praise for substitute James Love.
He added: “Lovey was fantastic. Reiss had a problem with his back but James came on and made the right decisions and helped us keep them quiet.
“Saturday was frustrating. We played so well and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win but we had to come away with the draw.
“Three points is the target every week but it was a shame on Saturday as we played so well. We have to match that every week between now and the end of the season. We are disappointed but we now have to move on.”
Kieron St Aimie returned to the club, as Leon McKenzie left to join Ryman Premier Division side Concord.
Paul Goodacre and Andy Tomlinson also departed late this week, but Styles remains positive about his side’s chances going into the final weeks of the season.
“Kieron gives us something different, he puts a lot of pressure on the final man and holds the ball up well so hopefully he can make his mark,” he added.
“Our home form is important for us and our fans who deserve a lot of credit but a lot of the games in the next couple of weeks are away and at the end of the day we need three points whether they come at home or away or both.
“The form guides can easily be cut up when it gets to this part of the season and the paper goes out the window. At the end of the day it’s a football match which can go three ways but we have to make sure we get three points more often than not in these latest games.
“At one point we had seven people out and it does hit you hard, but we have all learned a lot and we can put that experience on our careers.
“We want to stay in this league and be pushed to your best every week and that’s we are determined to achieve.”
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