Castle targets quick wins

PUBLISHED: 08:30 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

STEVE Castle says he doesn t want his side to become a mediocre team playing out the season after their defeat to Welling United saw them slip further behind the playoff pack. Welling striker Charlie Sheringham was left unmarked to score the winner and

STEVE Castle says he doesn't want his side to become a 'mediocre team playing out the season' after their defeat to Welling United saw them slip further behind the playoff pack.

Welling striker Charlie Sheringham was left unmarked to score the winner and the result means City are without a win in nine games.

Speaking after the game Castle said: "We just need wins and need to get back up there because as I said to that lot [the team], I'm not interested in being a mediocre team and playing out the season. I think that we can very, very quickly get ourselves back up there but the wins need to come very, very soon."

Castle was unhappy with the way his side gave the opposition strike force space around their box, with Welling twice taking advantage.

"We seem as if we give players too much respect and too much time to do what they like. I wish Gary Cohen and Paul Hakim would get all that room. You can't do that, because if you do give players that amount of room they'll punish you. We've done that with the first goal."

City trailed 2-0 at the break but gave a much better performance to draw themselves level, but Castle admits that probably makes the result even more frustrating.

"It probably makes it all the more frustrating. In the second half they didn't have anything up until the goal.

"They [Welling] look a team full of confidence, we could do with a few pounds of that ourselves. It is a results business and that's what makes the difference. We can't seem to have any sort of mistakes without getting severely punished for it."

Castle gave a start to Craig Mortimer on the right wing and the City boss says he offers a different option to Hassan Sulaiman. "I wanted to try and have an attack minded team. I know Morty [Craig Mortimer] very well through the college system. He's got two good feet and can score a goal.

"Hassan if I'm honest, my biggest problem with him is his end product and what he delivers into the box. Craig's probably the complete opposite. Positionally Hassan does really well in making the extra midfield man and Craig's a little less aware."

Simon Martin was also dropped to make way for Gary Cohen but the big striker put in a good performance when he was introduced from the bench.

"Simon Martin took the dropping with as much graciousness as he should and then went and showed me he wants to play on Saturday" said Castle.

City travel to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday and Castle is hoping that his side can repeat the victory they secured there last year that set his team on their amazing escape from relegation.

"I do want everything to be positive. I'm struggling. I remember that [game] vividly. I hope the lads will and if we can get on a similar run to that then who knows. There's still plenty of points to play for but people are probably fed up of hearing me say that."

The City boss wants his side to target a clean sheet on Saturday and he hopes they will be able to build from that.

"You make your own luck. We just need to start with a clean sheet. If you start with a clean sheet you know that this group of lads can do it. Hopefully Mr Frater will be available but James Fisher is a more than capable centre back and we've just got to start getting very stingy at the back.

"It might not be very attractive for supporters to look at but let's keep ourselves nice and tight and we can nick one the other way. For me a clean sheet is the order of the day.

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