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Rocks must be more clinical as they become draw specialists

BOGNOR boss Jack Pearce is calling on his side to find their ruthless streak as the Rocks look to end their tag of the National South’s draw specialists.

 

Fans flocking to watch the Nyewood Lane outfit have been used to the points being shared this term, with ten of Bognor’s 23 league matches ending in a stalemate – the most of any side in the division.

 

Two of those have come in the past week, with the Rocks fighting back to draw 1-1 with fellow relegation strugglers Poole Town last Saturday before a trip to Havant & Waterlooville on Boxing Day ended goalless.

 

Those two points keep Bognor second-bottom, four points away from safety.

 

With a return match against near neighbours Havant coming on Monday, Pearce is hoping his side were gifted some scoring boots for Christmas.

 

He told the Post that it is only by taking their chances that they will be able to lift themselves away from trouble.

 

Pearce said: “We were far, far better than Poole. On reflection, I am pleased we got a point as we did leave it late. But we should have really put the game to bed after an hour.

 

“I thought we played really well but we can’t keep on missing one versus one chances. We have missed four in those two games which could be crucial.”

 

The draw at home to Poole was only secured in the sixth minute of injury time as Doug Tuck steered in a Kristian Campbell cross.

 

Then, on Boxing Day, the Rocks spurned a number of chances in a hard-fought draw against Havant, who showed why they sit second in the table.

 

On reflection, Pearce believes no-one could have complained if the Rocks would have taken six points from the two matches.

 

As it was, Bognor had to settle for two points – which means that with half of the season gone, they have now drawn nearly 40 per cent of their matches so far.

 

Pearce said: “They are games where I think if we would have won six or seven of those then no-one would have been surprised.

 

“God knows where that would put us in the league.

 

“But we can only keep on preparing them to have more possession and create chances than the opposition.

 

That’s a problem we have to deal with.

 

“It’s not all about a change of personnel. There’s no golden rule that by bringing someone in that will change.”

 

The Rocks will be without left-back Keaton Wood for Monday’s match, as the defender suffered a leg injury.

 

Long-term absentees Ollie Pearce, Corey Heath and James Crane are also unlikely to be available, which means the Rocks’ small squad will be stretched.

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