Hayrettin looking for an immediate response as Braintree Town face crunch clash

Jerome Okimo heads home Braintree's equaliser during Tuesday night's defeat at Dulwich Hamlet

Jerome Okimo heads home Braintree's equaliser during Tuesday night's defeat at Dulwich Hamlet - Credit: Archant

Braintree Town boss, Hakan Hayrettin, insists that his side will “re-group” and “go again” following Tuesday night’s shocker at Dulwich Hamlet.

The Iron will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of bowing out of the FA Trophy following a heavy 5-2 defeat at Ryman Premier hosts Dulwich Hamlet in South London.

And they could do with an immediate response against today’s visitors, North Ferriby United, who currently sit in the National League relegation zone.

Promoted to the top tier of non-league last season, North Ferriby are second-from-bottom, while Iron are three places and two points clear of the drop zone, and with games in hand over most of their lowly rivals.

“I was a bit disappointed with the way my players reacted, after going 3-1 down, but we just have to regroup, and go again,” explained Hayrettin.


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“I remember when I first came to this club (last September) – we were second from bottom, fighting relegation, like we are now. We didn’t have enough points on the board.

“I’ve come in and said that I’ll never be too high with success, and never too low with failure.

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“This defeat is not going to faze me, Dulwich were the lower ranking team but I’ve kept focussed, and I’ve got to keep the players focussed.

“Some of the players may think I’m being a bit harsh, with what I say, but I’ve got a job to do for Braintree Town, and I will do it to the best of my ability.

“We have a long way to go, and there are a lot of points to play for.

“I have a tendency to say it how it is. I expect my players to give 100%, otherwise they won’t be playing. I won’t accept failure.

“For me, this weekend is just another game, because there’s a long way to go. I don’t see it as a six-pointer.

“But there has to be a reaction,” added Hayrettin.

Full-back Sean Clohessy was sent off at Dulwich Hamlet, for a professional foul, and so will be suspended for today’s clash.

Leading scorer Michael Cheek missed the midweek trip, due to a swollen ankle, and is a doubt again.

But Hayrettin bolstered his squad by re-signing 20-year-old striker Monty Patterson on loan from Ipswich Town on Thursday, for the rest of the season.

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