‘We won’t panic’ – Tamworth heading in the right direction says Smith

Gary Smith (Credit: Lambs Media)

Gary Smith says there is no reason to panic after their recent dip in form and Tamworth can’t expect to ‘roll teams over’ every week.

The Lambs have enjoyed a decent run in the FA Cup and FA Trophy in recent weeks but look to get back to winning ways in the league against Barwell this weekend.

After a draw and a defeat in their last two league outings, Smith conceded that he hasn’t been impressed with performances.

Poor performances maybe. But not through a lack of effort, says Smith.

“Let’s be honest, if you look at some of the teams we have had to put out in the past month, I think you could say we haven’t had our strongest team out for a while.

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“If you take two or three cogs out of that engine, it’s never going to perform to its maximum capacity. 

“It does affect the players we’re asking to step in and cover for the injuries because when you haven’t played much and you’re only training, it can be difficult to play in those games. 

“It can take it out of you, and you can run out of steam a lot quicker than usual. It’s frustrating that we have the injuries we have got but that won’t be an excuse. 

“We still expect to be able to win games whoever plays because of the squad we have got so we won’t panic.

“We can’t expect to go places and expect to beat them because of who we are. That doesn’t change when you play someone from a league below. 

Jim Kellerman was recalled because of Chesterfield’s injury problems (Credit: Lambs Media)

“You look at Notts County coming to play us – they wouldn’t have expected an easy ride – so we can’t expect it when we’re in that position.”

The talk around injuries has been akin to a broken record of late for Smith and co-boss Andy Danylyszyn.

As they get set for an incredible eight games through November, time on the training pitch and in the treatment room is getting like gold dust.

“It’s crazy the amount of football we’re being asked to play,” Smith said. 

“I don’t think in terms of injuries that we are alone, there’s loads of clubs in the same situation. Jim Kellerman who we had was recalled and ended up playing centre-back on Saturday because of the issues Chesterfield have with injuries. 

“It’s happening everywhere this season. The stop-start of the last two seasons hasn’t helped anybody and it’s been harsh on the bodies.”

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