Danny Laws believes Needham Market’s barren home run has now become a physiological barrier — but believes it can be broken tomorrow.
Speaking for the first time since it was announced he would be standing down as manager over the summer to become head coach, Laws refused to comment on the subject, believing there is nothing left to say.
He chose instead to talk about the elusive quest for a first home league win of the season, which, after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Wroxham, has stretched to 17 games, 14 this season.
But he thinks the visit of second-bottom side Redbridge tomorrow (3pm) can see the Marketmen taste victory at Bloomfields for the first time since March 24, 2012, when they beat Waltham Forest 1-0.
“When we played them away it was 4-1 there and they are a team who have a real go as they have nothing to lose,” said Laws. “That is the trouble with this monkey on our backs; teams are coming here and they are saying ‘do not be the first team that loses here’ and I would be saying it too if I was their manager.
“We need the rub of the green a bit now and playing a team at the bottom, we should be walking in 2-0 up at half-time.”
He added: “It is definitely physiological. I am disappointed, as we have rocked up here again (on Tuesday) and not won.
“But I have got to look at the bigger picture. It is just measuring the team realistically when you are starting only eight senior players and four teenagers.”
The Needham boss, who admits he is now building for life under former boss Mark Morseley with the side lodged firmly in mid-table in 13th, started Kieran Morphew, Elliott Crowe, Ryan Charles and Matthew Redgrave on Tuesday.
He lavished praise on 19-year-old Morphew, making his Ryman League debut at centre-half alongside captain Pip Boyland, and Redgrave, playing out of position at left-back.
But added: “It is all about consistency with these youngsters though and we have to be patient with them.
“The other three young lads probably did not do as well as they have done.
“George Clarke had 25 minutes and had a difficult game and it was a little lesson to the lad, to be honest.
“With Charlesy, I said the same to Tom Drew, you have got to make an impact. Elliot and Ryan could have scored a goal or set one up and it is a fine line.”
Defenders Pat Bexfield (illness) and Jemel Fox (work commitments) return tomorrow, while teenagers Ben Hope and Harrison Ford will get their chance as Crowe, Thrower, Clarke, Dyer and Carver are among seven players unavailable due to a Suffolk match on Sunday.