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Long: Wins are just around the corner
2:10pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
CHELMSFORD City are on the verge of going on a “long run of victories”, according to midfielder Sam Long, who feels dropped points from their opening sequence of Skrill South games will only spur on Dean Holdsworth’s new-look side, starting with victory away at Hayes and Yeading United this Saturday.
The Clarets went down to a surprise 2-1 home defeat against Weston-super-Mare at Mel- bourne Stadium last Saturday, making it one win, one draw and two losses from their first four games.
However, Long insisted there was enough evidence in spells during the encounter to suggest positive results are just around the corner.
He said: “We actually felt a lot more comfortable and played a lot more football than we did in the previous games. “We played with three central midfielders and two wide men, rather than having four across midfield.
“If we'd have taken more of our chances it would have been a much different story. Although we lost, there were a lot of positives there to give us hope.
“We need a win (at Hayes), and we will win. “Dean has never questioned our effort, so it’s just a case of tweaking a few things.
“Then I feel we can go on a long run of victories. “The Weston-super-Mare defeat surprised us.
“Teams come to Chelmsford and know we’re a big club, so they change their approach.
“One win in four isn’t as good as we’d like, which I think makes us even more likely to win the next one.”
Long was one of the first signings Holdsworth made over the summer, forming part of a rebuilt squad containing only four of the previous year’s squad under Glenn Pennyfather.
Sam recalled that, once he knew of Dean’s interest, there wasn’t much of a decision to make.
He said: “Since I came out of professional football, I’ve always seemed to be at clubs with money troubles, so it was hard to get my head down and enjoy my football.
"Now, I’m excited by the brand new team Dean is building here and I really want to settle down at a club for a length of time.
“I was recommended to Dean and when he rang me I already knew Chelmsford were a big club who do things the right way, so I wanted to get everything sorted before I went on holiday in July. “
Pre-season seemed to go on for ages, but I’m getting to know the facilities here and the people are all great.”
Former Charlton Athletic youth team player Long has contributed two goals from midfield already this season – plus another in the warm-ups.
He feels this is an area of his game which can benefit the team and said: “I used to play at right-back and ever since I’ve moved to right midfield I’ve got goals.
“I was scoring regularly last year until my injury and I’m aiming to get to 15 this season.”
He will be hoping for more this weekend at Hayes and Yeading, who ground share at Woking FC.
Saturday has been dubbed Non-League Day – a nationwide celebration of the football pyramid outside of the top four tiers, while most of the professional game experiences an international break.
Fans who regularly watch games in the Premier League or Championship are invited to watch their local team, and Sam is in favour of the campaign.
He said: “Non-League Day is always a great day because you see more new faces at matches, which is good for the game in the long term.
“Non-league football can be a lot more intense because the crowd are right next to you and it’s great to play in front of bigger gates.”
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