CALVIN Brooks believes Weymouth’s last two results have highlighted just how important Dean Evans is to the side.
After a good run of form, midfielder Evans missed the defeats to Bedworth and Poole through suspension.
Boss Jason Matthews looked to fill the void left by Evans by bringing Shane Krac back to the club on dual registration terms ahead of Tuesday’s 2-0 loss at Tatnam.
And while Krac did “really well” in Brooks’ opinion, it was the former’s red card on the hour mark that proved the turning point in the match, which was goalless up to that point.
“We were missing Dean Evans, Chris Shephard and George Rigg on Tuesday,” said Brooks.
“For me, the most important one is Dean because he gets through so much work and has been one of our most consistent players this season. We’ve picked up no points in our last two games and he has missed both of them.
“Shane offers us that extra bit of steel in midfield. He got round the park and won his headers and tackles. He was always up for the fight but, like Dean, he plays close to the edge.
“Shane came in and did really well but it was a bit of a silly challenge to make when he was on a yellow. They weren’t doing any better than us at that point and we could have gone on and won it.”
Weymouth are now 10 points behind leaders Poole in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division, however, Brooks reckons the Dolphins can still be caught.
But he knows that any more performances like the one at Bedworth last Saturday simply won’t do.
“Jase said his faith in us had been restored after our performance against Bedworth, which was nowhere near good enough,” he added.
“Saturday was a bit of an embarrassment. We are far too good to be going 3-0 down against a side like that.”