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New trio make instant impact

Rocks coach Robbie Blake called for something to change – and boy did that happen.


After being thumped 6-1 at Dulwich Hamlet in the FA Cup the previous week on the back of a miserable run of form in the Isthmian Premier Division which left them third from bottom, Bognor fans were left deflated.


For the management, the frustration bubbled over with Blake obviously unhappy with individual errors and overall team performances.


He called for new faces to be bought into the team – and alongside manager Jack Pearce, they brought in loanees in the shape of central defender Joe Cook from Havant & Waterlooville, Portsmouth full-back Joe Hancott and Reading keeper James Holden.


All three were thrust into the starting line up against Haringey on Saturday, adding much needed solidity at the back and contributing to a 2-0 win.


They appeared again on Tuesday in the 5-1 victory versus Leatherhead, helping Rocks chalk up back-to-back wins for the first time this campaign.


After that win Blake said: “I’m really pleased for the players as they came under criticism and I’m also really pleased for Jack.


“He works really hard for this football club and has brought in some quality players which always adds to having a better side.


“We can’t rest on that and we need to keep pushing players individually, as well as pushing the staff and pushing forward as a club.”


Blake, too, also singled out praise for striker Dan Smith who bagged four of the five goals against the Tanners.


He said: “Smudger is a terrific player and fantastic lad. His work ethic since being here is nothing short of fantastic.


“He is getting the rewards now and all of sudden he has a new lease of life with that confidence.


“It’s just great to see as you always want your number nine scoring. If you do have that player in your side then you should be in the top six.”

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