We have to be taken a bit more seriously, says Corinthian boss James Collins
Wednesday 24th December 2014CORINTHIAN manager James Collins insists his side should be taken more seriously.
The Gay Dawn Farm outfit go into Christmas sitting in the top four in the Southern Counties East Football League table on 36 points from 18 games.
They are eight points adrift of leaders Erith & Belvedere.
Corinthian welcome Greenwich Borough to Gay Dawn Farm on Saturday.
Ian Jenkins’ side are sitting in ninth-place in the table, having collected 28 points but they do have four games in hand on the leaders.
“We enter the Christmas period in great form and go into the Greenwich Borough game on the back of three straight wins,” said Collins.
“Particularly pleasing was Saturday’s 4-0 win against Erith Town.
“I can’t remember Erith having a shot on target so to dominate that well on a pitch that wasn’t a pitch that wasn’t conducive to our style of play, it showed that we have added other aspects of our game other than just being known as a team that likes to try to play football.
“I said to the players before our win against Fisher that it’s probably the first time this season that we’re going to go into a couple of games as favourites.
“I felt we needed to put some pressure on the players to see how they reacted and I have been delighted with the players’ reaction with two convincing performances.”
Greenwich Borough started the campaign as title favourties but they have fallen behind in their league campaign owing to their FA Cup run, which was ended by Worcester City in the Fourth Qualifying Round and they look forward to hosting St Austell in The FA Vase Fourth Round on 17 January 2015.
Collins said: “We go into Saturday’s game as underdogs again. We need to adapt to that and not be over-awed by them.
“We played them about three weeks ago and for 25 minutes we were in awe of them – they should have been 3-0 up!
“However, after those initial 25 minutes we grew into the game.
“At half-time words were said and we were fantastic second half, having two goals disallowed and on another day we would have got something from the game.
“For us, I don’t think we could be playing Greenwich at a better time.
“This time I know the players believe they can win the game, which is the difference from three weeks ago.
“I think if we can win we might may just have to be taken a bit more seriously.”
Corinthian v Greenwich Borough
Southern Counties East Football League
Saturday 27th December 2014
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Gay Dawn Farm, Valley Road, Longfield, Kent DA3 8LY