PLAYER-MANAGER Jason Matthews has urged his Terras’ squad to “prove a point to a lot of people” and bounce back when they host Redditch United tomorrow (3pm).
Thumped 4-1 in front of a healthy crowd of 740 against Chippenham Town in midweek, the Weymouth boss is eager to be positive going into their difficult contest against the Reds, who finished second in the league last term.
Matthews, who revealed full-back Ashley Wells is rated 50-50 of making a return from a knee injury for the game, said: “We have looked at a lot of negatives over the last few days but we need to go into the Redditch game, show what we can do, and prove a point to a lot of people.
“We need to get to grips and have confidence in playing our game, which we didn’t do on Tuesday night.
“It’s a tough game and, similar to Chippenham, they (Redditch) were one of the top eight sides last year. First and foremost we need to match them in all departments, that’s the main thing to start with, as well as keeping the back door shut early on.”
While Chippenham strikers Andy Sandell and David Pratt caused Weymouth to have a torrid evening on Tuesday, the Terras could have another experienced frontman to deal with against Redditch.
Former Republic of Ireland international Clinton Morrison, who has also played for the likes of Crystal Palace and Birmingham City, was brought in by Reds’ manager Darren Byfield in June and scored in their 3-1 win over Chesham on the opening day. He could line up against the Terras tomorrow, but Matthews remains upbeat
“It’s a tough start for us but it’s no good saying that, we need to win these games,” he added.