Welling begin their challenge for The Kent Senior Cup against Gillingham on Tuesday Night. The Gills look certain to bring a strong squad for the 2nd round tie after Gills Manager Steve Lovell spoke to The Kent Messenger ahead of the game.
“If I have to change the whole team for next week then that’s what I will do,” warned Lovell. “The majority will play on Tuesday night, I am going to stick them out there. They have got to try and find a place for themselves (in the team) on Saturday.
“They have to get that performance out of their system, I have got to get it out of the system and the only way to do that is to watch them play. Most of them will play Tuesday night.”
Lovell felt some of the players weren’t trying hard enough on Saturday. He said: “I am looking at them and thinking ’flippin’ heck, it is League 1, you go out there and you bust a gut. They have to have a look at themselves.
“We can prepare and do everything through the week, regarding training. I was speaking to Neal Ardley (the Wimbledon manager) about that before the game. What happens out that pitch on a Saturday you can’t control.
“All you can do is make subs and tactical decisions, which you hope will change the game, but performances and work rate you can’t, that is down to the individuals and there wasn’t enough from the players.
“It is up to the players now, if they don’t do it in training they won’t play, I will play all the young boys who really want to run around and have a go.”
Lovell opted against bringing the players in yesterday (Sunday), something many managers do as a way of punishment. “I don’t think that does any good at all,” he said. “Infact it works the opposite. “We will have a look at things Monday, we will show them things but there are no arguments, it was there for everyone to see.”
Wings Manager Steve King has already stated he will be fielding his first team squad for the tie, in what should be an exciting game for the competition.
Kick Off 7.45pm