Bracknell Town FC boss relishing 'underdogs' tagBy Adam Lee
September 06, 2012
Bracknell Town joint manager Steve Nebbett admits his side must change their attitude if they are to transfer their impressive cup form into a Hellenic Division 1 East title challenge.
Robins have exceeded expectations in the FA Cup so far this season, knocking out higher-division opposition in the form of Binfield and Shrivenham to set up a first qualifying round tie at Bishops Cleeve on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
They have also recorded some good results in the league, winning two and losing one, although their cup exploits have left them playing catch up with regards to fixtures.
But after a below-par first-half showing against a physical Easington Sports side last week, Nebbett and co-boss Danny Oliphant read the riot act to their team at the break.
It appeared to do the job, as they went on to win 3-2 with Sam Barratt, Reece Jaques and Wayne Carter scoring the goals.
Nebbett knows if his players only raise their game for the big matches, then they will not achieve any success this season.
However, with Southern League side Bishops Cleeve going into Saturday’s tie as clear favourites, there is little chance of the players becoming over-confident of victory.
“I don’t know if we’re going into the FA Cup game in particularly good form because we didn’t play well at all on Saturday,” he said.
“Dan gave them a bit of a roasting in the dressing room at half-time and I had words as well, but we got a really good reaction from the boys.
“It’s all well and good being good footballers going forward, but we have to be good with the other side of things as well.
“It was a bit of a battle for us on Saturday, but we came out alright in the end.
“We have to realise that we are going to come up against teams like that, with big strong players who want to be physical.
“We have some very good footballers who would probably be well suited to the division above, but they will have to be prepared for a lot of battles this season.
“Saturday will be tricky, but we will go there with a game plan to take the game to them.
“Having the pressure taken off the boys will help, but we’re not going there for a day out, we want to win.
“I want to get it into their heads that we always have to play like underdogs and if the players were hungry for every game then they would win every game.
“It’s no good just doing it for the FA Cup games – if they showed the same mentality they did against Shrivenham and Binfield all the time then we will do really well.”
The FA Cup has become a nice distraction for the club following years of disappointment on the pitch.
Bracknell have been touted as one of the favourites for promotion this season, and the cup is proving to be an invaluable tool for both the players as well as Nebbett and Oliphant, who are still learning the managerial trade themselves, to gain experience.
And Nebbett insists he will enjoy it while it lasts, saying: “It’s good that we have got as far as we have and I would like to go one more, but eventually we will come up against a team that will beat us so we just have to go out there, believe in ourselves and give a good account of ourselves.”
Matt James and Reece Jaques are both unavailable for Saturday’s game, but new signings Ben Woozley and Junior Arquimbau will be in contetion.
Bracknell are also hoping to sign another experienced midfielDer in time for the game.