Smith: ‘My players are too brittle’

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NICKY Smith doesn’t think AFC Sudbury have blown their play-off chances just yet — after two successive defeats — but has warned his players they are currently “too brittle” to realise their season goal.

The Sudbury manager watched his side crumble after taking a 2-1 lead against mid-table Waltham Abbey on Tuesday night, to lose 4-2, and says they need to seriously toughen up if they want to make the top five.

He said: “I feel the lads need to take a careful look at themselves really because if we’re talking about play-offs we are too brittle.

“We are not disciplined, we are not strong enough at the moment, mentally and physically, we are too brittle and it showed Tuesday night.”

But the Yellows’ boss believes they can still make the play-offs, if they can find a more clinical streak.

“We are still in there, however, we do not help ourselves, we get ourselves in a good position and shoot ourselves in the foot. It will go right down to the wire but we need to improve greatly,” he said.

Smith (pictured right), who is hoping to welcome back talisman James Baker, a month ahead of schedule, for Saturday’s must-win home clash with Thamsemead Town (3pm), was left fuming at Lee Townrow’s straight red card on Tuesday for an alleged stamp on an opponent.