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Davis: City need to get wins on the board
3:16pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Local Sport
MIDFIELDER Tom Davis has said he’s “not satisfied” with Chelmsford’s start to the season but he knows there is sufficient quality in the squad to secure success for the Clarets as they prepare for Saturday’s visit of Weston-super-Mare.
City have picked up four points from nine in their first three matches and Davis claims it’s essential they boost that total to seven this weekend to give them something to build on heading into September.
After a 2-2 home stalemate against Concord Rangers last week, Holdsworth’s team won 3-2 at Melbourne against Staines Town on Saturday, followed by a 2-1 Bank Holiday Monday defeat at Tonbridge Angels.
“I’m not satisfied with a win, a draw and a loss from our opening three games,” stated Davis, who achieved promotion from non-league’s second tier with St Albans City, Lewes and AFC Wimbledon inside four seasons.
“To do something in this league you’ve got to be beating the likes of Concord at home and Tonbridge away. We have a team who can score goals but we’ve conceded two in all three of those games.”
The former non-league international added: “You can’t leave yourself needing to score three in every game to win.
“Pressure is put on the back four to stop making mistakes – I’d say it’s a team effort and we need to defend from the front and in midfield as a team.
“We all watched Wayne Rooney on Monday night. He was everywhere, tracking players’ runs, so we have to have a team where everybody wants to defend.”
Chelmsford sit in 13th position in the league table having played a game less than most teams due to the postponement at Farnborough on the first day of the campaign due to the Hampshire side’s dispute with the league. This Saturday the Clarets entertain Weston, and Davis is clear what he wants from the fixture.
He said: “We must beat Weston. It’s our intention to make Melbourne a difficult place to come to.
“If it’s your first time playing inside a running track it can be a daunting experience so we can turn that to our advantage. I’ve played against Weston a number of times – they like to pass the ball and have quick players out wide. If we play like we did in patches at Tonbridge then we can win.
“We need to win our home games and make sure we don’t lose away. It’s not just about 11 players, it’s about a squad.
“At the clubs I’ve gained promotion with we’ve always had massive squads, with impact substitutes and other players who can come in. I’ve got to know all of the players now and we have some quality players here who just need to get to know each other’s roles in the team.
“It’s the games against the lower teams which are more like your league games because they head the ball and tackle more. You’ve got to earn the right to play before you can actually play, then the game opens up.”
Davis was the third player to become a part of Holdsworth’s new-look squad in June, having played at Tonbridge last year.
He started his career at Fulham and already knew a lot about Chelmsford before putting pen to paper.
He said: “I’ve played against City about ten times and I’ve always been familiar with the place and the area because some of the businesses I work with outside of football are based here.
"I was probably a bit of a nuisance when I played for other teams! I’ve had the opportunity to sign for City a few times when it wasn’t quite right for me and my family.
“Now the time is right and I want to settle at a club with ambition, maybe for a few years.
“Dean talks very well, as you’d expect from an ex-player at his level and now as a manager who knows about this division.
“He has his coaching pro licence, he’s got a lot of technical knowledge and his contacts can get him into places other people can’t get him into. This club has to do well and Dean wanted me to be a part of it.
“We’ve definitely got to get into the play-offs. Everybody is beating everyone else so far and most teams have been defeated at least once, which just shows that it’s a case of whoever plays better on the day. There’s a batch of teams who have signed some players and still dropped points, so it’s going to be very hard to call.”
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