Bath City boss Lee Howells frustrated by injuries after third defeat in a week
Lee Howells believes a third away trip in the space of eight days caught up with his Bath City squad after they fell to a 2-1 Blue Square South defeat at AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.
City also failed to pick up point from the previous trips to Havant & Waterlooville and Dover Athletic and have slipped to within five points of the relegation zone.
After suffering three defeats on the bounce, Howells admitted he has enjoyed better weeks since taking over as head coach at Mayday Trust Park in October.
“It’s been a difficult week and very disappointing to lose three games in a row,” said Howells.
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“We’d picked up a few good results recently and pulled ourselves out of trouble but we’ve fallen back into it a bit now.
“It is tough having three away games on the bounce and we’ve had a few niggles and injuries which haven’t helped.
“It’s meant we’ve had to make a few changes, and that unsettles your style and shape. We weren’t able to play the way we would normally want to, which is frustrating.”
City would have been hoping to end the week on a high against Hornchurch – who started the day second from bottom – but Howells admitted his side did not cope well enough with the sticky conditions on a cold day.
“The conditions were difficult on Saturday and Hornchurch made life very hard for us,” said Howells.
“We’ve got a lot of footballers in our team who like to get the ball down and play but maybe they need to learn to scrap a bit more.
“We had a couple of good chances before they scored and if we had done it would have given us something to hold on to.
“We’re not getting down, though, and we’ve got a full week off without a game now for the first time in quite a while.
“We’ll get back on the training pitch on Wednesday and Thursday and really get down to it and put some good work in so we can kick on again.”