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16th May, 2022

We need to start giving ourselves a chance in games, urges Barnt Green Spartak boss

FRUSTRATED Barnt Green Spartak boss GJ Singh has called on his players to cut out the individual mistakes ahead of their cup clash against Knowle.

The Lions welcome their fellow league rivals to The Pavillions, home of Earlswood Town, on Saturday for a Birmingham Vase second round tie.

It’s the sole cup competition left for Spartak having been knocked out of the Presidents Cup, Les James Challenge Cup and Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup at this stage of the season.

Coming into the cup fixture on the back of a 4-0 defeat to Lane Head in Midlands Two, Singh wants his players to remove costly errors from their game.

“We need to start giving ourselves a chance and that means we need to stop making the individual errors and giving ourselves a mountain to climb,” he said.

“Against Moors Academy we were only 3-2 down at half-time but some silly mistakes allowed them to run away with the game in the second half.

“Then on Saturday against Lane Head, we made a few mistakes and we got punished and that’s something we need to put an end to.

“We got to the semi-finals of the Birmingham Vase last year and I’d like to have another good run this year.

“It’s going to be a tough game as Knowle have hit some form recently but in 90 minutes anything can happen.”

Unfortunately for Singh he will be without several key players for the cup clash, with Joe Sims and Reuel Prescod suspended, Benet Parchment cup tied and Kahriman Aldin away.

Nikinder Uppal, levoniel Anderson, Ryan Froggart and Joshua Hughes are also struggling with injuries.

Nathaniel Hare and Darren Green could be in line for a return as well as Jason Bradshaw who has been out for four weeks through injury.

“Everything seems to happen at the same time but it is what it is and we’ll have to do our best to just get through the 90 minutes,” added Singh.

“I don’t think any team in this division, regardless of budget and squad size, could cope with having so many influential players unavailable.

“I cannot fault the work rate and effort, the problem is missing too many front-line players.”

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