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Steve looks forward to Chelmsford

Steve McKimm Chelmsford 20.11.21

'Hampton was a point to back up Saturday'

Steve McKimm is not setting a points, or a wins target for safety as we approach the vital last few weeks of the season.

With relegation rivals Chelmsford the opponents on Saturday, Steve said: "I will be happy when we're mathematically safe, or it's the last game of the season and we're not bottom. It's not being negative, that's being realistic.  Football changes quickly.  The point on Tuesday was hard fought, we should have had a penalty at the end, and no keeper has had any really difficult save to make.  It was a point to back up Saturday.  If we hadn't got a point on Tuesday then Saturday would have been in vain."

Chelmsford ended a run of seven straight defeats with a draw at Hemel Hempstead Town last Saturday, a result which tells Steve they certainly won't be easy opponents:  

He said: "They're having a bad run, like we had.  We lost four on the spin, and they're in a similar situation.  They got a great point at Hemel, being 2-0 up they would love to have seen it out but if you go to Hemel and lead 2-0 then you're no mugs.  We won't take then lightly just because of where they are in the league, we're not too dissimilar to them.  It's going to be hard, we have to make sure we're ready for everything they throw at us."

As Steve was heading to training on Thursday he had his fingers crossed there would be no further injuries going into the game, and there could be a couple of players returning to the squad on Saturday:

"We'll have a session tonight and pick a squad.  Doug (Loft) hopefully comes back into contention, Jamie Fielding might be feeling better, Johnny was ill during the game so hopefully he's OK.  There are still 48 hours before the game.  James Taylor won't be available.  He could be available Tuesday if given the go-ahead by Crystal Palace, they treat concussion very seriously, and he's got to abide by what they say and what Melvyn says.  So he's definitely out for Saturday, he's a possibility for Tuesday, if not he comes back in for Easter."

Published Friday 8th April 2022