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Blake blasts lack of respect as Bognor’s slump continues

Rocks coach Robbie Blake is calling on his players to start showing some leadership as Bognor look to snap a slump of just two wins in two months.


The Nyewood Lane side’s woes continued the past week when a 1-1 draw at lowly Harlow Town was followed by a 2-1 home defeat to Enfield Town.


That return of one point from six has seen Rocks drop to tenth in an increasingly competitive Bostik Premier division.


Bognor have a chance to get their season back on track tomorrow when they welcome leaders Dorking Wanderers to the Nye Camp.


With former Rocks favourites Sami El-Abd and Jason Prior in their ranks, the Surrey side will be a tough nut to crack.


Blake believes his side are up to it – but only if they can sort out some of the behind-the-scenes issues which have cropped up in recent weeks.


Speaking to Rocks Radio after the Harlow draw, the former Bolton and Burnley striker said: “There’s a lack of discipline and not enough respect around the dressing room but these things will get ironed out. Mark my words. Jack and I will work through that


“It has nothing to do with the result as that pales into significance “Nothing major is happening but there are a few things we need to sort out.”


Blake added: “Everyone wants to win and everyone deals with talking in different ways but we need to improve on and will improve on that.”


Blake’s strong words came after Rocks’ seventh draw away in the league this season.


Once again, Bognor dominated much of the possession and created the better chances but were unable to register more than a Jimmy Muitt penalty.


As has happened so often this campaign, the opponents hit back, leaving Bognor to hold on for the point.


Tuesday’s match was probably harder to take for the Rocks faithful.


Mason Walsh had given them the lead against Enfield Town but a mixture of errors and a poor refereeing decision saw Rocks concede two second half goals which ultimately cost them.


Blake said he was happy with how the team was dominating matches but they needed to become a little more savvy to start winning matches.


The former Portsmouth coach said: “Out of possession we are like a Subbuteo team and we have to get better.


“Even when the opponents have a little bit of impetus in the game we have not got enough leadership or qualities around us to keep it simple and take the sting out of the game.


“We need to have more game management around that.”

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