Beard says Magpies were back to their old selves

Loxwood Mark Beard SUS-151029-164236002
Loxwood Mark Beard SUS-151029-164236002

Loxwood boss Mark Beard felt his side got back to their old selves in their 2-1 victory against Broadbridge Heath on Monday.

The Magpies had not won in their last three, but have been stuck in a rut after a flying start to the season.

They had gone on a ten- match winning run, but since October had only won five games in all competition until Monday’s win over Broadbridge Heath.

Beard, who had been left frustrated in recent weeks, said: “We have had a bit of a rough time of late, but I have kept the same players and worked on a few things and talked about a few things to go back to what we were doing originally.

“We like to play and like to pass and we have become in recent games - no disrespect to other County League teams - but to playing the way some of them play. Today, we did what we like to do and did it well.

“I made six changes which was pleasing as, again no disrespect to the players, but I went back to some of the academy players we have. Ryan Richefond was back in and Sam (Beard) was back after missing four games, we had a bit more balance and natural width.

“We have done really well as I said before that game, that whoever prepares best over Christmas will win the game. I have a lot of young boys here and I knew they would after themselves, again it was two academy boys that have got the two goals.”

Loxwood hosts Horsham on Saturday.

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