Braintree looking to make home advantage count more

Braintree and Witham Times: Braintree looking to make home advantage count more Braintree looking to make home advantage count more

Braintree Town realise they may need to change things to make their home comforts a little bit more comfortable.

Gateshead will be the visitors to the Amlin Stadium tomorrow knowing their hosts don’t have the best of records on their own turf in the Blue Square Bet Premier so far this season.

Braintree have only beaten Tamworth at home and three of their seven opponents have left Essex with three points tucked into their kit bags, so boss Alan Devonshire is looking to stop that trend.

He said: “What we’ve noticed this year is that people have been coming to us and giving us a lot of respect because we had a good home record last year.

“They have been putting people behind the ball more and we may have to look at other ways to get round them.

“We lost against Dartford after a poor first-half, it was a fluke late goal that Barrow got to beat us and we only lost to Newport as they scored a late one, so I don’t think we are doing a lot wrong.

“There’s no sense of panic.

“We’ve only played 16 games, there are still 30 to go and we need to get 30-odd points from them.”

Hereford haven’t been beaten in seven league outings and have won their last two, so Devonshire knows it won’t be an easy task and he is keen for his players to move on quickly from the disappointment of losing 3-0 at Lincoln on Tuesday.

He added: “We can’t dwell on the result up at Lincoln.

“There will be ups and downs in this season and this was one of the downs.

“We have to forget about it and move on.

“We just have make sure we are sharper on Saturday because, like we were against Lincoln, we will be facing another team who are in good form.

“We have to make sure we get back to doing the things we were three or four weeks ago when we were picking up good results against Luton and Hereford.”

Devonshire said he had no fresh injury concerns after the midweek game and said Ryan Peters may return to contention after several weeks out with a gashed shin.

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