Robbie Nightingale can see bright future as new signings give Cambridge City a boost
Robbie Nightingale is confident that the new faces in the Cambridge City squad will soon help them turn around their recent fortunes.
Keeper Jamie Head, Seb Simpson, Keano Robinson, Matty Baxter and Mickey Davies all made their debuts in the 2-0 defeat to Sutton Coldfield Town in Evo-Stik League South, Division One Central.
The result means that the Lilywhites have only won one of their last seven games.
“The five players we’ve brought in will make us better, there’s no doubt about that,” said City boss Nightingale.
“I just felt that we had become a little bit stale of late and one or two have gone and we needed to replace those; the players that we’ve replaced them with have come in and done alright.
“Keano at the back looks a prospect, he is 21 years old, gets tight to people, is aggressive, good on the ball and that’s what we’ve missed – somebody who can talk and lead at the back. Jamie, the keeper, hasn’t played for a month so we’ve got people coming in but it’s the first game for a lot of them for us.
“We are missing Josh (Oyinsan) and Nathan (Olukanmi), who are two big players for us and if you add that to what we’ve got out on the pitch, we’re not a bad side.
“It’s just at the moment people are playing a little bit within themselves and that’s what happens when you lose games.
“We want them to play without fear, and sometimes it’s easier said than done because it’s the nature of the game.
“It’s all about learning from games like this and putting into practice what we’re about.
“Some of the lads we’ve brought in will be massive assets for us.”
Despite the result against Sutton Coldfield, it was not all bad for City.
They played some good football and dominated possession, but they were just lacking the final ball and were punished for two errors at the back.
“I just think that we played some nice stuff at times, moved the ball well and I thought the first 10 minutes we started really well only to give away a sloppy goal that allows them in the game,” said Nightingale.
“Things like that are happening all too often, and at the minute it doesn’t matter who you put in there. We had some really pleasing performances from a few.
“We had five debuts and Josh (Simpson) is working his way back to fitness.
“It was always going to be a difficult game as they are a good side.
“We need to not gift goals so easily because the second goal is a nothing goal as it’s a flick on and in the back of the net.
“Saying that, we haven’t created too much in the final third which is disappointing; we didn’t play at a quick enough tempo.”