AFC Sudbury manager Jamie Godbold has urged his players to focus on doing their job and not how other teams are doing, writes Nick Garnham.
Godbold’s side have opened up an eight-point gap at the top of Ryman League Division One North, despite losing 4-0 at home to fellow title-chasers Thurrock on Saturday.
Sudbury bounced back to defeat Tilbury 3-0 on Tuesday evening, and with Thurrock simultaneously losing to Harlow and second-placed AFC Hornchurch dropping four points in the past week, no lasting damage has been done.
Second-half goals from George Clarke, Liam Wales and Ryan Henshaw ensured Sudbury got the Thurrock reverse swiftly out of their system.
Godbold said: “It was a good night’s work – we kept a clean sheet, scored three goals and clawed back the goal difference from Saturday.
“Results elsewhere have gone for us tonight, but we have just got to make sure we focus on our job and not what other teams are doing.”
Godbold said he had told his players prior to Tuesday’s match not read too much into Saturday’s result.
He said: “It was one disappointing half of football.”
“We were looking for a reaction, bearing in mind we had been on a 13-match unbeaten league run, and the sign of a good team is how you bounce back from such disappointments.
“Saturday’s result was completely out of character, so we didn’t want to be looking for things there aren’t there.
“We told the players to go out and do what they have been doing over the last two or three months and give 100 per cent and their talent will come through.
“It was a really professional performance.
“In the first half, we looked over-keen to shake off the disappointment of Saturday, and there was a lot of effort, but not much quality.
“At half time, I said I wanted us to be more clever and more smart, and I felt we did that in the second half.”
Sudbury now face back-to-back away games, at Thamesmead on Saturday followed by a visit to Maldon next Tuesday.
Thamesmead were 3-2 winners at Romford midweek and currently sit 10th in the table.
“Thamesmead will be another tough game and they will cause us problems,” admitted Godbold, who, apart from a couple of niggles, has no major injury concerns.
Centre-back James Baker, who reverted to his former role of striker on Tuesday in the absence of Luke Callander, is set to continue leading the line as the latter also misses the next two games because of work commitments.