Robins need to find the skill to finish off the kill.... and they need to find it fast
3:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Football
By James Barrett
Carshalton Athletic boss Tommy Williams wants his charges to show their killer instinct after crashing out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle.
Despite taking the lead at Leatherhead of Ryman Division One South on Saturday – through Steve Butterworth – the Robins went down 2-1 to the underdogs.
Williams was left disappointed that his charges did not capitalise on a strong first half showing, and he is now staring down the barrel of one win in 10 games.
Leatherhead’s first goal was deflected, giving on-loan goalkeeper Dean Snedker no chance, but the youngster also spilled a header in his six-yard box for Tanners substitute Adam Burchell to stab home a late winner.
Williams said: “We were disappointed to go out of the cup particularly as we dominated the first 35 minutes and had a header cleared off the line before taking the lead.
“But our tempo in the second-half slowed and we conceded a sloppy winner from our point of view.”
He added: “The game appeared to be heading for a replay and I would have been confident of winning at home, but we need to learn how to kill teams off once we seize the initiative.
“We must also be due a little bit of luck soon, because some of our performances this season have not deserved to yield nothing.”
Carshalton now have two home games coming up against Billericay Town on Saturday, and Harrow Borough on Tuesday, and Williams wants to take advantage of home comforts.
“I’ve had Billericay Town watched and we’ll train hard for their visit,” he said.
“I’d like us to take something from both games to kick-start our season.”
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