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Oakes dismayed by Fairfield Villa's poor performance at Knowle

Craig Gibbons 17th Nov, 2016 Updated: 17th Nov, 2016

PAUL OAKES hopes Fairfield Villa put their 5-2 drubbing at Knowle quickly behind them ahead of their Midland League Division Two clash against Leamington Hibernian this weekend.

Villa’s five-game unbeaten run in all competitions came to a crashing end on Saturday as they found themselves 4-0 down in the second half before Joe Brookes and Jack Connolly pulled the score back to 4-2.

However, that was as good as it got for the visitors as the Solihull-based hosts claimed their fifth goal of the game to bring an end to Villa’s recent good run of form.

And Villa’s afternoon was made even worse after Dan Wilkes picked up a hamstring injury before his replacement Ollie Booth was forced off ten minutes later with a back problem.

Vice-chairman Oakes said: “It was probably the worst performance the players have shown under manager Wayne Davis.

“We’ve been on a good run and playing really well but I think with the fact the players knew Knowle were missing some key names they could just turn up and win the game.

“We should have been a goal up early doors but Connor [Collins] missed and it all went downhill from there.

“Everybody has held their hands up both collectively and individually because we was very poor.”

Villa will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday (3pm KO) when they welcome struggling Hibernian to the Recreation Ground.

Lewis Smith and Pete Jenvey are expected to return to action while Ellis Blakemore (away) and Wilkes are out.

Booth meanwhile is to be assessed prior to the Hibernian clash.

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