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Oldham keeps faith despite a 5-0 hammering

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

Gerry Oldham

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LAST Saturday's 5-0 thumping at the hands of Wantage Town has not swayed Gerry Oldham's confidence in his Cheltenham Saracens side's ability to mix it at the top of the Hellenic League.

Despite last week's hammering at Alfredian Park, Oldham was content with the level of his side's performance, but rued a number of crucial individual errors.

"It was just one of those days, we had a lot of the ball and their keeper has had to make two very good saves and then two individual errors have killed us," he said.

"We didn't play badly, performance wise there were signs for encouragement but after we went a couple of goals down the heads went down a bit.

"I still have every confidence in these players, we've won more games that we've lost and if we can win our game in hand we are back in the top six again."

Saracens welcome Holyport to Petersfield Park tomorrow (3pm) with Oldham calling on his side to bounce back to form with a positive result.

With Saracens struggling for consistency, having won eight and lost six in the Hellenic Premier Division, Oldham believes a change in mental approach may work wonders among his squad.

"We don't do drawn games, we either win by four or five goals or lose by the same margin," Oldham said.

"We'll be fine in the long run, although we were gutted by the actual result against Wantage our performance wasn't that bad, we just couldn't get the goal when we were on top.

"We know there are no easy games in this division. If our mind is on the job, then I am certain that we can get a decent result.

"The lads don't panic when we go behind, they just lose focus on the job in hand. If we go a goal up then I know that we have it in us to go on and win the game.

"But if we go a goal down then the mindset changes, they stop playing simple balls, and start knocking long balls.

"If we can get that out of our systems then I know we will go on to be a really good side at this level because we create so many chances. We just need to remain patient."

Defender Jack Oldham will miss the game and the next six weeks after damaging ankle ligaments while Spike Rhodes is unavailable, but Leigh Rayson returns to the side after injury.

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