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Shinn: AFC Sudbury fans need to be realistic

PATIENCE NEEDED: Player-coach Michael Shinn has called on certain sections of disgruntled Sudbury fans to get back behind the team

PATIENCE NEEDED: Player-coach Michael Shinn has called on certain sections of disgruntled Sudbury fans to get back behind the team

AFC Sudbury player-coach Michael Shinn believes some fans need to gain some 
perspective amid growing criticism towards the players.

Following Saturday’s disappointing 2-2 home draw with Cheshunt, certain corners of The MEL Group Stadium made their concerns known as the Yellows missed out on vital points towards their play-off ambitions.

However, Shinn believes the ‘minority’ need to get realistic with Sudbury seven points off fifth-placed Dereham Town ahead of Saturday’s trip to Waltham Abbey (3pm) and Tuesday’s visit of leaders VCD Athletic (7.45pm).

“Some corners of the ground seem to be a bit negative and I think they need to put things into perspective,” he said. “If anyone thought we could just turn up this season and have a shot at promotion then they are way off the mark, it is going to take time.

“I don’t think we’ve performed badly, but for whatever reason it has become a negative place at times when I don’t feel it needs to be.

“It is not going to happen overnight and some people just need to have a bit of perspective on the direction we are going in and understand what we’re trying to do.

“It is only a few weeks ago that we took a Conference South side to a replay and only lost 1-0 so it hasn’t been all doom and gloom.

“The majority of the fans are brilliant but a few areas of the ground just need to get behind us again.”

Meanwhile, one player who will not feature against Waltham Abbey is winger Jamie Speller after being sold to Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit Norwich United for an undisclosed fee, after a three-month loan spell with the Planters at Plantation Parkcame to an end.

The youngster leaves having made five appearances for AFC after joining from Wroxham in the summer.

“With Steve Spriggs and Dave Cowley both signing deals to the end of next season, it obviously limits Jamie’s chances of regular football”, said manager David Batch.

“He has bags of pace and potential and at his age, needs to play.

“I am sure that this will allow him the opportunity to gain the experience he needs to become a really good player.”

n AFC advanced to the quarter-finals of the Robert Dyas Isthmian League Cup by overcoming Leiston 3-1 on penalties on Tuesday, after a 2-2 draw. Full report: Page 78.

 

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