Apr 19 2012 By Guy Martin
CHALFONT St Peter boss Danny Edwards has questioned whether his players can take the club forward amid concerns about their end-of-season slump.
A seven-match run without a win, including defeats in their last three games at Mill Meadow, has led the Saints boss to criticise his players’ performances in recent weeks.
He said he was learning ‘massively’ about some of them as they failed to show the standards demanded by Edwards, who has been in charge since 2004 and has overseen the most successful period in the club’s history.
“If that’s their mentality they shouldn’t be playing at this football club,” he said. “I think that is the case for some of them and I think it’s probably best if they are going to have that mentality that they don’t come back in the summer.
“Some of the decisions this summer are made for me already. You are looking at players carefully so you can build a squad for next year.
“I think the players work hard, I’m never going to question their work rate, to their credit they train hard and they are coming down just for their love of the game. Their understanding of the game on the pitch is a concern, regarding some of their decisions.”
Edwards said a top-half finish would still be an achievement for the club given his pre-season target was to avoid relegation in their first season in so-called Step Four football.
And it is still within grasp as Chalfont lie just one place outside the top-half with two games left. But Edwards believes his team could still have achieved more.
“We’re lucky we didn’t have this run at the beginning of the season,” he said. “We know what we could have achieved if we’d performed as we can – we should have done better.”
Conceding late goals has been a problem for Chalfont – they have let in a total of five in the last twenty minutes of their last three games, while scoring themselves has also been an issue – they have netted just four times in seven matches.
But Edwards said the changes he may need to make were not limited to certain positions.
“We’re not scoring and we don’t look like we’re going to,” he added. “We need to strengthen in a lot of areas.”