Marshall determined to turn form around

DETERMINED -- Hucknall Town Manager Brett Marshall
DETERMINED -- Hucknall Town Manager Brett Marshall

Hucknall Town boss Brett Marshall says he is prepared to make changes to the Yellows’ squad after a disappointing Bank Holiday weekend.

Town were dumped out of the FA Cup by Marshall’s former club Retford United on Saturday before a 4-1 defeat at Rainworth Miners Welfare on Monday.

Those results have left Marshall in no doubt as to what is required, but with finances at Watnall Road tight it won’t be a straightforward operation.

He said: “It’s been a very disappointing start to the season but I still don’t think we’re a million miles off in terms of having the right blend, as people who have seen every game will verify.

“This was always going to be a learning curve for all of us, as we needed time to adjust and find the levels of fitness and experience necessary to compete at this level.

“We’ve got a great set of lads here who deserved the opportunity to try their hand at this level and who work and train hard, but one or two may not be up to the standard right now.

“So I’m looking to bring in new faces and have been on the phone constantly for the last week or so, but obviously given the budget situation some will have to leave in order to make room.”

The two defeats over the weekend saw deficiencies in front of goal highlighted once more, with Rainworth in particular punishing Hucknall’s profligacy.

Marshall added: “I’ve no excuses, we need to sharpen up. We’ve been creating lots of chances which is encouraging but have to start taking them.

“I can understand frustration among the fans but the fact is the club isn’t what it was in the FA Trophy final and Blue Square Premier days.

“Criticising the players so strongly, as some have, isn’t helpful and we all have to fight through this period of time together.

“We need confidence and to become hard to beat. We’re not far from that and we’ll be working hard to achieve it.”