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Seasiders look to get back to winning ways with boss O’Donnell admitting his squad is ‘hurting’

05 December, 2018 - 12:30
Kye Ruel (Red & White) Back in training this week Photo: STAN BASTON

Kye Ruel (Red & White) Back in training this week Photo: STAN BASTON

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Felixstowe & Walton welcome Canvey Island to The Goldstar Ground this Saturday in what could be described as “a mid table six-pointer”, writes Barry Grossmith.

Only one point separates the two sides and, for both clubs, a win could see the victors nearer the top than the bottom of the league as we gradually move toward the mid-point of the season.

It hasn’t been a good week for The Seasiders, losing a one goal lead to Brentwood last weekend, only to go down 3-1, then seeing exactly the same thing happen on Tuesday away to Bracknell in The Velocity Trophy.

Players, Coaches and fans alike are eager to get back to winning ways.

Joint Boss Kevin O’Donnell admitted: “The most frustrating part is that for large spells of our recent games we have played good football, had good shape and looked positive in possession.

“However, we have still finished the games with nothing. This is the part that we need to work on to ensure that our performance is maintained for the entire match and not just 80% of it.

“I have total confidence in this squad and know that they are hurting with recent results just as much as the fans.

“This league has shown that fine margins result in big impacts and I am sure that small “tweaks” to our shape and decision making will result in much improved performances.”

With injury and unavailability, Felixstowe fielded a young side at Bracknell and this bodes well for the future.

The club should be in a position to pick from an even stronger squad against Canvey.

O’Donnell added: ”With Kye Ruel due to resume training this week following his injury in pre season and Darren Mills hopefully back soon, both will present a much needed boost of strength within the squad; their experience of football at this level will be invaluable to help us see out matches when we are in the ascendancy.”

Regardless of recent results, the loyal Seasiders’ fans will no doubt be out in force again and hopes will be high for three points against more opposition from Essex.

LISTEN TO FELIXSTOWE JOINT BOSS IAN WATSON ON THE FIRST-EVER NON-LEAGUE PODCAST

Andy Warren looks ahead to Ipswich Town’s clash with Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

Every day in the run-up to Christmas, we’re counting down Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever players, culminating in the Blues’ best featuring on Christmas Day.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to December 21, 2004, when Darren Bent took Ipswich to the top of the Championsip on Christmas Day, after beating Wigan 2-1 thanks to his 89th-minute winner at Portman Road.

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

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