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Bromsgrove must not be complacent insists boss

Craig Gibbons 16th Mar, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

BROMSGROVE Sporting must not show any complacency insists manager Paul Smith following their impressive 4-2 victory over title rivals Coventry United last weekend.

The result saw the Rouslers move four points clear at the top of the Midland League Division One table, massively boosting their chances of securing the title and promotion – although Coventry still have two games in hand.

Sporting’s next game sees them welcome lowly Stafford Town to the Victoria Ground but with his players still on a high from Saturday’s win over their rivals, he told the Standard his side cannot afford any more slip ups.

“Complacency is the key word and in terms of going forward we need to keep winning,” he said.

“I expect a similar performance from the game at Coventry and we have to treat it as a difficult game.

“The lads are buzzing from the result and understandably so but I’ve drilled in to them that there needs to be a good shift put in.

“I have taken the opposition out of it, regardless of who you’re playing it’s going to be a tough game.

“The lads were in training on Tuesday and had a harder session on the Thursday and the lads are looking sharp so long may that continue.”

In front of a record crowd of 924, Sporting rose to the occasion to claim the all-important three points but Smith said he knew his side would step it up a gear.

“I expected a good performance as we have been playing really well and the lads were up for it so it was the least I expected from them.

“There was not much of a team talk required, the players knew what the game meant but stressed the crowd would be roaring them on.

“Without being disrespectful to Coventry but the 4-2 scoreline flattered them a little but it was a must win game for us.

“Title is still Coventry’s to lose but the result makes it interesting going into the remainder of the season.”

Smith was also quick to point out the fantastic support the squad received at the Victoria Ground and hopes they continue to make it out in their numbers.

“The support blown me away, it was out this world, the club’s a sleeping giant and there is support,” he added.

“We must be doing something right to attract those sizable crowds and we hope they go home very happy.

“Obviously we are at home again tomorrow (Saturday) so it would be great to see them back.”

A live blog of Sporting’s game against Stafford Town will be available on Saturday at www.bromsgrovestandard.co.uk/sport.

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