DORCHESTER Town boss, Callum Brooks, said his players can’t feel sorry for themselves as his side prepare to face Harrow Borough at The Avenue Stadium in the BetVictor Southern Premier South Division tomorrow (3pm).

Brooks, speaking to Echosport, said: “What’s key for us is that we regroup, the players come in and don’t feel sorry for themselves and work to the best of their abilities.

“We need a really good feeling around the group which we generally do on training nights.

“Like after any loss, we need to see a real positive reaction but first of all, the basics need to be done well.

“We need to outrun the opposition and win more headers and tackles.

“Then, with the ball, we need to be brave and play football we know we can. But all the basics won’t be enough to win the game.

“We have got to play with some real quality and that’s what we’ve done sporadically lately.

“The first game with Salisbury was terrific so it needs to be knitted together and we need to kick on with our league campaign and start picking up the points that we know we are capable of.”

Dorchester currently languish in 20th position in the league, just four points off the bottom.

Tomorrow’s opponents sit in 13th, four points above the Magpies.

When asked about the importance of beating the teams around you, Brooks said: “I think the aim is to be as competitive as you can in every game.

“Every game is worth three points, so they are all big.

“This is still early stages at the end of the day and we’re four points off mid table.

“The idea, and like everyone would want to, is to put a run together but I’m reluctant to really talk about runs.

“Runs are a group of victories that you get one at a time, you don’t win three games at once.

“But first and foremost, you can’t win games unless the performance is right and even then sometimes things out of your control go against you.

“We need to get our performance level right, reinforce the group and start picking up the points we threatened to pick up in the early parts of the season.”

Brooks went on to say that Callum Rose is a doubt after getting injured in the warmup before Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Salisbury in the Buildbase FA Trophy and Charlie Davis and Kyle Egan remain side lined.

Dan Strugnell and Tom Blair should be available, while Luke Winsper will have a late assessment.


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