Leek Town boss Neil Baker: “We have underachieved but we want promotion”

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Leek Town boss Neil Baker believes his team are underperforming after a damaging run of four defeats in five games.

Town started the season well and went 12 games unbeaten but have slipped to 9th in the Northern League Premier Division One West. Baker has seen his side fall to defeat against teams in the top half of the table but that does not stop the boss from setting his sights on promotion.

“We have underachieved,” he said.

“We started the season very well, 12 games unbeaten but we have hit a bit of a buffer at the moment.

“We have lost four of our last five games although we have played good teams and we have been every bit as good as them, but we are making a bad habit of losing these tight games.

“We are looking to be up there, we want to be in contention for promotion,” he added.

“Automatic place will be difficult but we will be looking for at least a play-off place and whether we are up to it, we will find out.”

Baker’s men have the best defensive record out of all the teams in the Evo-Stik Division One West this season, with his side conceding only 11 goals in 12 league games.

But, the Blues boss wants to start seeing his side picking up three points starting with Mossley away at the weekend, and welcomes the return of injury hit players as he reckons his team can beat anyone with a fully fit squad.

“Yeah it always helps when if you know you are out going to concede goals,” said Baker.

“But having said that, we have conceded seven in our last two games.

“One was a Cup game, but we have been missing key players.

“We have had both of our centre halves out at the moment and some of the good players in the middle have not always been available either.

“I just feel at full strength we are a match for anybody in the league.”

As well as being assured at the back, defender Lewis Short believes his teammates need to be clinical in front of goal with only 16 goals registered this season.

“The mood in the camp is good, the players all get on really well and at the moment we are playing good football, we are just struggling to get the results, but it will come.

“We are training very well, so it is just a case of keeping at it and we have been a bit unlucky really, so we will just keep going and it will come eventually.

“We need to be a bit more clinical.

“And in recent games we have conceded some sloppy goals, so we need to be better at the back as well.

“If we can sort that out then the results will find themselves.

“We create a lot of chances, we just need to put them away.”

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