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Rocks players must stop the errors – or else

Bognor first team coach Robbie Blake is demanding his players start improving – or risk being dropped or even pushed out of the club.


The strong warning came in the immediate aftermath of the Rocks’ 6-1 FA Cup defeat to National South side Dulwich Hamlet last weekend.


It was not the result or the performance which angered Blake; more the individual errors which players keep on committing which then lead to goals.


With Bognor, who are third bottom after winning only one of the opening seven league matches, hosting third from top Haringey Borough in the Isthmian Premier tomorrow (3pm) the pressure is on for an instant response from the Rocks first team.


How will this happen? Well Blake made it clear something needs to change – warning he could even leave the club himself if the situation does not improve.


Speaking after the Dulwich defeat, the former Bolton striker said: “[We will improve against Haringey] by showing character and bringing a couple of players in. We will be trying our damnedest to do that.


“I understand the situation but I have had enough now. Players have to come in now or possibly I have to leave because you have to be given the tools.


“If I’m given the tools then I will do a good job. Unfortunately, the players out there are not doing that for us.


“The day I can’t do anything for this football club is the day I walk away from it.


He added:


“Unfortunately, the goals we are conceding are not down to lack of coaching or lack of not knowing jobs, it’s individual errors and mistakes which are costing this football club. We need to change – either me change or the players have to change. It’s just the way it is.”


Bognor made the worst possible start at Dulwich falling behind to two early goals.


An error from on-loan Pompey goalkeeper Petar Durin then led to a third.


James Crane pulled one back for the Rocks with a penalty before the home side ran away with it late in the second half.


Blake said: “We are just compounding error after error after error and it’s not even as though teams are cutting us open.


“They weren’t 6-1 better than us, we controlled big parts of that game and we’re making errors which you would not see in the playground.”

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