Brakes must concentrate on mental side

Manager Paul Holleran has called on Leamington to show more mental toughness after a third successive Skrill North defeat.

Matty Dodd comes in for some rough treatment from Gloucester Citys Tyler Weir. Picture: Mike Baker

A last-gasp winner for Gloucester City on Monday made it a weekend to forget following on from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Boston United.

After seeing Brakes have much the better of their home fixture with the Tigers only to lose 1-0, Holleran said his side must learn to concentrate through to the final whistle.

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“We didn’t deserve it on Monday. They should have been dead and buried,” said Holleran.

“A few players were disappointed that we’d thrown everything at them and only got a draw and all of a sudden we’ve ended up with nothing.”

The club’s rise over the last 13 years, culminating in their impressive march to the Southern Premier title, has bred a winning mentality among both the players and fans.

But with little to choose between top and bottom in the Conference North, Holleran believes a more phlegmatic approach will need to be adopted if his side are to start climbing the table.

“The mindset has got to change and we’ve spoken to the players about it.

“The mindset at the club for a long time has been win, win, win.

“But at this level you take your points.

“If we had stayed switched on we’d have had a draw at Hednesford and a draw against Gloucester.

“That would have given us five points and you’d think one defeat from the opening four games is not a bad start.

“Now it looks a poor start.”

Brakes travel to Colwyn Bay tomorrow without Craig Owen, who suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury against Gloucester before entertaining Altrincham a week tomorrow.

The clash with Altrincham marks the first time Brakes have been at home on Non-League Day and will see all Premiership and Championship season ticket holders admitted to the New Windmill for half price.