Osman looking for a positive reaction from players

WIVENHOE Town manager Mo Osman will be looking for a positive reaction from his players today.

Osman was disappointed by his side’s display in Tuesday night’s 4-0 home defeat by Felixstowe & Walton United - just four days after they came close to earning a draw at Ridgeons League Premier Division leaders Wroxham.

The midweek defeat left the Dragons rock bottom of the Premier Division and, although it is still early days, potentially facing another relegation battle this season.

Osman said: “It is frustrating because we were second best. Felixstowe deserved to win - I don’t have any argument with that. They had more quality and we didn’t have enough about us apart from the first ten minutes of the second half.”

Losing games has been an all-too-familiar scenario for Osman since he took charge at Broad Lane, with Wivenhoe recording their first Premier Division win for 11 months against FC Clacton on September 13, only to then lose their following four fixtures.

Osman said: “I had hoped that win was going to be a springboard for us, but it has not been the case.

“Overall our performances have been of a good standard - our worst performances have been against Felixstowe home and away (2-0 defeat) and at home to Halstead (6-2 defeat) in the FA Vase when we have to put our hands up and say we have had a bad day at the office.

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“If we perform to the level we know we can, we have a chance, but if we don’t there will be no change in our situation.

“We have got a good bunch of lads here, but it has been difficult to field the same eleven players two games in a row so far this season,” he said.

Markel Greenidge and twins Wale and Tola Odedoyin have mustered just nine appearances between them so far this season and skipper Tom Cutts limped off on Tuesday with suspected ankle ligament damage, the same injury which has sidelined Reece Keating for several weeks.

Wivenhoe head to Plantation Park to face mid-table Norwich United this afternoon, and Osman said: “There are no easy places to go in this league, but we look forward to every game.

“I will be hoping to get a reaction like we did when we lost to Halstead and then went and won against Clacton.”

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