Robbie Harris bemoaned more of the same issues after an FA Vase defeat to Godmanchester Rovers
Robbie Harris is preparing his players for what he says will be a difficult run of fixtures.
Drove shipped five second half goals as they slipped to a 6-1 FA Vase away defeat to Godmanchester Rovers last Saturday.
After a third straight loss, joint-manager Harris isn't hiding from the challenges that lie ahead.
"Our next three are going to be tough," he told The Citizen.
"We’ve got Sheringham, UEA and Harleston up next, and they’re all there or thereabouts at the top of the table.
"It’s going to be a tough few weeks, but we’ve got to keep trying to do the right things.
"Obviously performances are important for us at the moment because when we do then come to teams closer to us at the moment, then hopefully the things we’re putting into practice will help us get ahead in those games.
"If we get anything from these next three games, then brilliant. But we know it’s a long season and these aren’t the types of games we expect to win.
"We just need to give everything we can."
Harris wasn't pleased with the heavy loss to Godmanchester, and said it was down to a number of familiar issues rearing their head.
"It was a funny game," he said.
"It seems to be the same old story with us where we do well for good periods of the game and then capitulate a little bit. It was the same on Saturday.
"After 55 minutes we scored to equalise and get ourselves back in the game, and within five minutes we’d conceded two. With another five minutes we’d conceded again and that’s game over.
"It’s frustrating because when we equalised I fancied us to go on and maybe even take the game or at least put some more pressure on them, but we find ourselves 4-1 down and it’s hard to come back at that point.
"You lose a little bit of bite, so again we were pleased with the first hour. We can’t keep saying it, but we need to stop throwing games away."
Despite the worrying run of form and a lack of clear opportunities to end it, Harris doesn't think he and Gary Haime's players aren't too far away from getting things right.
He also believes some poor refereeing decisions are having a negative impact on his side, saying Godmanchester's second goal at the weekend came from what should have been a Drove throw-in.
"I think the mentality is good in the group," he said.
"We work hard when we’re in training, we put things in practice that we want to do on the Saturday and we’re seeing it more and more as we move forward.
"We got the ball quite a lot on Saturday and moved it around for the first hour, so we are taking things on the board. How we put it right we’re not 100% sure at the moment. We just need to keep working hard, and I think once we get one or two results things will click into gear.
"We’re not far away, it’s just little bits and pieces that add up to a lot at the end of the game and we’re being punished.
"I know it was a cup game on Saturday, but it’s one of those when you’re at the bottom of the league and things seem to go against you."
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