Paxman stresses desire in both boxes

Fleet midfielder Jack Paxman felt the frustration of his teammates and supporters on the full-time whistle against Tonbridge Angels after Tommy Wood’s goal gave the visitors the win at the Kuflink Stadium yesterday.

“The whole way through the game, I thought we were going to score at some stage and if we got that one, I thought we’d go on to win the game, a bit like Chippenham last week,” Paxman told BBC Radio Kent. “We played some good stuff, kept the ball really well which is all great and that’s the way I want to play as well, but it just comes down to the desire in both boxes – to stop conceding goals and obviously to score at the other end and we’ve just lacked that today. 

“It was tough to take today. Looking at the game, we’ve had 90% of the possession, loads of chances, they’ve had one and they’ve come away with the points. It’s really frustrating but we’ll just dust ourselves off and go again, that’s all we can do.”

A key cog in Fleet’s midfield, and a player who has appeared in every game so far this season, Paxman believes his side are going about things the right way and they’ll learn and build on their experiences in the opening 11 league and cup games.

“We’ve all bought into what the gaffer wants to do and no-one’s concerned,” he said. “We’ve played some really good stuff throughout the season so we’ll stick to what we know and keep working on it. 

“We can only get better. We’re still a new team, we’re still in a process of changing. If you look at the squad from last year, there’s not a lot of players that were here. So we’re a brand new squad, we’re still learning about each other and that takes time. We believe in what we’re being told and we’ll stick with that. 

“It is coming and someone eventually is going to take a thumping and that’s the way I feel we’ve got to think about things. We’re confident in what we’re doing, we work hard every day. Everyone’s got to be on their toes. No-one can take their foot off the gas because the next person wants to take their shirt and and everyone’s capable of doing that. Our standards are exceptionally high and we’ll maintain that. 

“It’s about trusting your teammates and knowing that we are capable of doing it. The majority of time it does work for us so it’s just about having faith in the person next to you and trusting that they’re going to help you out.”


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