IT MAY have taken a few months, but it looks as though Bognor have settled on a winning formula.
After nine matches without a win in all competitions, the Rocks switched to three at the back against Braintree. It resulted in a 2-1 victory, the first at home in the league for six months.
Things remained the same in the narrow defeat at second-place Hampton & Richmond a fortnight ago. With 11 matches of the season to go and wins a must, word within the camp is that the 3-5-2 formation will remain – with Sami El-Abd, Manny Adebowale and Keaton Wood forming a strong unit which allows the rest of the team to push on.
Speaking to the Post this week, injured defender James Crane said: “It’s about getting the best possible players out on the pitch and then it’s up to them to perform.
“We all know each other’s strengths and weaknesses – it’s about working to the strengths and hiding the weaknesses.
“The lads are buying into the mindset [of three at the back] but in truth the formation does not have a massive part to play in the game. What matters more, is winning your individual battles.”