RUDY FUNK: Time to move on after difficult start

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It is no secret that we haven’t made the best of starts to the season.

I explained from day one how big a step-up this was but that was soon brushed under the carpet by everybody.

At this level there are some great players and the level isn’t an easy one, because of that it has taken a bit of time for us to adjust.

There are no excuses though, it has been a poor start, so probably myself, Darren France and John Reed have to take some of the blame for that.

We have tried to change the shape, the blend and other things to make it work, in some of the games that might have backfired for us.

I am big enough and old enough to realise that mistakes have been made, but with the quality players we have it was just a matter of time before we came up with the right formula.

Saturday’s win against Prescot in the FA Trophy showed that we have got some great partnerships forming.

Joe Lamplough and Tom Davie showed a great understanding on the left, as did Ben Middleton and Ryan Williams on the right.

We already know from last season that Andy Milne and Matty Plummer can play together at the back, then we have the back four and Jason White coming on as a group.

The players are learning among themselves, which obviously makes things better for the team.

We are now looking forward to Saturday’s game against Sutton Coldfield Town and we go into the fixture with no knocks.

They are a side who came into the division a couple of years ago, so they will be a good outfit with some quality players.

They haven’t had the best of starts either this season, though they have lost most of their games by the odd goal.

After Saturday’s FA Trophy win at Prescot we will be looking to kick-start our season, hopefully with a welcome three points.