BROMSGROVE Sporting manager Paul Smith insists his side need to bounce back quickly from their defeat to Nuneaton Griff to keep their title hopes alive.
The Rouslers travelled to the Pingles Stadium for a titanic clash against their title rivals last night but came unstuck in a heavy 4-0 defeat, a result which leaves Sporting top of the table, two points ahead of Griff and four clear of Coventry United who have three games in hand.
Sean Brain wasted two golden opportunities early on to give Sporting the lead within the first 10 minutes and if those had gone in, Smith believes things could have been a whole lot different but added it’s important to put the defeat behind them and quickly move on.
“At this level of football it’s really important to take chances, especially against the top sides,” he said.
“Nuneaton took their first real chance, took their second and it all went from there really, it’s a game of fine margins.
“It’s important for us to bounce back and win our next game now but nothing has been decided yet.
“If we had lost against Coventry then it was over, but losing to Griff isn’t too big of a deal, there’s still 27 points to play for.”
As for Nuneaton, the result has brought them right into the title mix and with a trip to Coventry United in two weeks time, Smith feels the momentum is with Charlie Reardon’s side.
“Nuneaton have definitely got a chance of winning the title and I believe the impetus is with them,” he said.
“They worked hard for the result on Wednesday night and got the win so fair play to them.
“And with the fact they have to go play Coventry soon, they’ve got all the momentum.
“For the neutrals, this title race has been really exciting and it’s starting to become a really interesting situation at the top.”
Sporting’s next game sees them make the trip to Smith’s former side Studley, with the previous meeting between the two sides coming back in December where the Rouslers claimed a 3-1 victory.
And with a full strength squad to choose from, Smith is expecting another tough away fixture.
“Studley have picked up some really good results in recent weeks and were very unlucky to lose 1-0 to Coventry United a week ago,” he said.
“It will be a real tough game for us but we will have to work harder than we did on Wednesday and correct a lot of errors both offensively and defensively to get a good result.
“We will be looking to win all of our remaining nine games but you never know, we might not have to do so to win the league.”