'We'll stay up,' says Wisbech boss Hayes
Wisbech boss Seb Hayes watched his young side fall into the bottom two after a last minute equaliser saw them drop home points against Sheffield on Saturday - but he is still sure they have the quality to stay up.
Following the 2-2 draw in the Northern Premier League south east division, Hayes said: "I've said from day one we will stay up and I still back myself over that claim. Play like that every week and we are not even near the bottom.
"By drawing, we've put ourselves under massive pressure to go to (fellow strugglers) Sutton Coldfield next week and win. But, our last two home games have been against top eight sides. Today we were the better side, in the second half against Belper we were also on top.
"But, when we are on top against top eight sides, we've got to kill them off and that game should have been dead and buried at half time. Our boys are fit but they're not mentally sharp and they switch off at key times.
"Our work rate today was brilliant, we've created so many chances to win the game but not taken them. And then we haven't handled pressure. They scored just before half time and right at the death.
"It's those pivotal periods I keep reminding the players about and they've come back to haunt us again. Sheffield had three good chances today and we had seven - it's fine lines."
Hayes revealed that rather than train on Wednesday, the players watched a video of the 5-0 defeat at Kidsgrove Athletic. "They saw with their own eyes how bad they were and then they were told to put it right - for 80 minutes of the game they did, but then they switched off on two set pieces.
"We should have won the game. It was a massive improvement on last week - we should never get beaten 5-0 by any team in this league, however good some of them are."
Hayes, however, was delighted with double goalscorer Danny Draper and said: "He's been a great signing. Today he's done everything that was asked of him."
And on returning defender Beckham Kennelly: "He was brilliant, he had a really good game. Stepping up from Step 6 to Step 4 is a big difference and he's tired towards the end but frustratingly we haven't got him next week as his injury means he cannot play on a 3G pitch.
"With him back, for 75 per cent of the game we looked solid defensively.
Hayes revealed he was happy with the 4-5-1 formation, Jay Whyatt adding work rate to the midfield, and that is how they will set up for the rest of the season.
"We are not getting out of this playing football - we need to scrap. Certain players have not been scrapping and that's why they are on the bench."
Hayes did admit this was the strongest squad he'd had during his time at the club and it will soon be boosted even more. Oli Shackleton has played a couple of loan games at Ely City so can be brought back into the squad and Ollie Gale will be back within a fortnight.
However, recent signing Connor Green has decided to join Belper, which is just 30 minutes from where he lives, and central defender Michael Adeyemi has been released after failing to impress.
Hayes has also brought former Holbeach United midfielder Dan Dougill into the squad and put in seven days for another central defender.
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