COMMITMENT AND SURVIVAL
By Bashley Football Club | Tim Allan | Monday 19th January 2015
HEAD BASH COACH TOM PRODOMO FRANK AND OPEN
TOM PRODOMO Bashley head coach has a strong belief in the club and
players that survival in the Evo-Stik Southern League South and West Division is
possible, hard work and 100% commitment from his squad is needed in the run
to the end of the season.
Talking candidly following the defeat against North Leigh on Saturday Prodomo
explained, “Since I have come on board I can’t fault the boys’ application they
have been fantastic, they haven’t responded like a side that’s towards the bottom
of the league. I think that kind of mentality and the ability in the group as well,
we have some really good players and if you came to watch the club and didn’t
know where they were in the league, the last three or four games apart from
today you would say Bashley were a decent side and you wouldn’t comment
“Last week was disappointing against Totton but we came today with an
expectation to do a lot better than the previous result against North Leigh. We
have to set our expectations higher than 11 nil against anybody in any game, we
talked about that before the game.
“I think we struggled to get going and they started quickly and pressed us in
early before we got our rhythm in the game. If you look at it one of the things that
we talked about pre game was how we defend deep and I think that we let
ourselves down with that and individually in terms of slowing down on approach
to the ball.
The areas that need attention in defence and giving away easy free kicks in
crucial areas are what Prodomo will be working the squad hard on in training
before the next game away to Stratford Town this Saturday. He continues, “If you
look at it, we’ve given away four free kicks in and around our area which they
have put in the top corner so credit to their players for having the quality to finish
it off but we have to look at ourselves for the causes of those opportunities.
“Ultimately it was some naive defending, if you give four opportunities like that at
this level then it will always be difficult from that. Another goal from a set piece,
you don’t give yourself a good opportunity in a game you’re going to concede
chances through those kind of areas in the game.
“It’s an area that we have talked about in my time here so I’d like to see it start
to have an effect on the pitch and also we have to start to learn lessons from
within games as well. It’s ok to talk about progress game on game but
something that occurs earlier in the game we need to learn from it and take it
through to the end of the game as we can’t keep looking to next week, we
haven’t got that luxury unfortunately.
Points mean survival or relegation for the second year running, something that
everyone at the club desperately wants to avoid at all costs. Off the pitch so
much is slotting into place, Prodomo knows what the target is and has to push
the squad; “We have to make sure that we pick up points everywhere we can
and change our mind set a little bit. I said to the boys, it’s not just about being
competitive we have to believe that we can take points and take results and turn
performances into something more tangible than an improvement. If we set our
standards any lower than that it will make things difficult for us.
Bashley face three away games starting this Saturday at Stratford Town, then
Saturday 31st away at Mangotsfield United and Tuesday 3rd February away at
Gosport Borough in the Russell Cotes Cup 2nd round before their next home
game on Saturday 7th February against Evesham United. “I think that some
away games may be quite liberating for us, it will draw sides onto us a little bit
more naturally similar to the start of today’s game (Saturday) where actually for
an away side they came and pressed us very hard and looked to get onto the
ball and we need to respond to that in those games and take the spaces that
are available to us.
“I said to them ultimately every game is crucial to us and we have to play with
that freedom. Although we’re in a difficult situation there’s a lot of worse things
in the world at the moment, so we have to go out and remember we are here
because we want to be here, do yourselves individually proud as players, also
coaches and the club, supporter and everyone that puts time in to keep the club
going as there is a lot that goes on behind closed doors that your probably a bit
naïve to when you’re on the pitch but a lot of work goes on during the week so
we have to remember we represent that as much as anything and that we keep
setting our standards high,” concluded Prodomo.