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Lichfield City FC boss ready to re-assess his squad after slump

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Dean Gilbert. Pic: Kevin Grice

Lichfield City FC’s manager has admitted he will be taking a long hard look at his players as he bids to kickstart his side’s season.

A frustrated Dean Gilbert saw his side beaten 2-1 at Cadbury Athletic Reserves and admits that his side have fallen into “a bit of a slump”.

But rather than lay the blame at the door of injuries and suspensions, the Lichfield boss believes he needs to take a much wider view of the situation.

He explained:

“We will sit down this week and assess the situation about what we can do. We’ve hit a bit of a slump and it’s going to be tough for the next few games to get out of it. Yes, we have had players out with injury and suspensions, but that’s no excuse, especially considering we have a reserve team also competing in the Midland Combination.

“New players are looking to come in, but first I have to look at both teams and whittle out players who I have no interest in. We have a massive selection of players and it needs thinning out so I can have two strong sides of players of the same ability who can make the move between reserves and the first team. At the minute the reserves have players who won\t be used by the first team and this needs addressing over the next two weeks.”

If Lichfield were looking for some respite to find their feet, they won’t be getting it as they have another tough game on the horizon.

Division Three treble winners Blackwood will be visiting the city on Saturday (September 25) and Gilbert is under no illusions about the challenge they will pose his side. He said:

“We face another tough game this week against Blackwood and if we don’t get things right we could see ourselves lose another important three points at home. But we are one of the best supported clubs in the division and the younger lads enjoy playing at home in front of a crowd, so hopefully we can get a good win, get ourselves back on track and set early season nerves to rest.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm.

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