Chatham Town boss Paul Piggott: We need to win games of football, simple as that – and we need to do it quickly!
CHATHAM TOWN manager Paul Piggott says his side must win three points against Sittingbourne on Saturday.
Piggott has been in charge for 10 games now and suffered his seventh defeat since taking over from Darren Anslow after losing 1-0 at home to Faversham Town last night.
The Lilywhites deserved the victory at Maidstone Road. Liam King’s flicked shot into the top far corner came 29 seconds into time added on at the end of the game.
The former Hollands & Blair boss said that he was pleased with the reaction from his players after being thrashed 6-1 on the plastic pitch at Carshalton Athletic at the weekend.
“It hurt massively because I don’t like losing,” said Piggott.
“There’s a manner of losing and we was on the other end of the scale from it but there’s some good sides in this league that will hurt you.
“They’ve put six past us but then Hythe and Cray Wanderers have let five in last week so any side in this league, if there not on it, you can concede some goals but some of the sides on their day are superb. Carshalton were superb, we were poor, they got the three points and we move on.”
Chatham Town remain in the bottom three in the Ryman League Division One South table and Piggott has 16 league games to save the club from being relegated into the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division.
Chatham have picked up five wins and five draws and last night was their 20th league defeat of the season. They are six points adrift of safety because fourth-from-bottom side Guernsey have a much better goal difference than the Kent side.
Sittingbourne arrive at Maidstone Road on Saturday, sitting in 11th place in the table and Nick Davis’ side have picked up 11 wins, eight draws and 10 defeats this season.
“There’s a lot of positives to come from last night’s game, that’s what we’ll do, we’ll take the positives out of it,” said Piggott, who is assisted by Clint Gooding, who was with him at Blair, and Simon Halsey is coach.
“I know my players’ gave me a shift and that’s what I said to them, if we keep giving me shifts until the end of the season, then we’ll be alright.
“We just need one or two players to help them over the line.”
One player that Piggott could call is free-agent striker Leigh Bremner, 33, who has recently left Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division side Cray Valley and lives on their door-step in Gillingham.
“Players just don’t come off trees, you’ve got to try to get the right ones and persuade them this is the club to come to and the situation that we’re in, but we’ll look high and low, we’ll find players,” said Piggott.
Looking ahead to another Kent derby at the weekend, Piggott added: “We need to win games of football, simple as that – and we need to do it quickly!
“Like I said, if they give me a shift like they did last night, I know we’ll be ok.
“The game won’t be far off like last night was. It will be frantic, they’ll be looking to get the three points. We definitely want the three points more than they do! We’ll be going out to win the game, that’s for sure!”
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Chatham Town v Sittingbourne
Ryman League Division One South
Saturday 21st January 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
At Maidstone Road Sports Ground, Bourneville Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6LR