Padiham need to start winning – Wilkes

FIGHTING HARD: Padiham manager Steve Wilkes is still confident his side can avoid relegation
FIGHTING HARD: Padiham manager Steve Wilkes is still confident his side can avoid relegation

Padiham boss Steve Wilkes is seeking inspiration from his Clarets counterpart ahead of Saturday’s crunch game at home to Scarborough.

Padiham’s winless run extended to six games with the 3-1 defeat at Brighouse at the weekend and Wilkes stressed it was imperative their form improved.

“I think I need to get on the phone to Mr Dyche to find out how to win a game at the minute . There are still 23 games left though so there’s plenty to play for.

“Saturday went OK. When you are down at the bottom of the league, you make a mistake, you get punished. You need to take your chances and we’re just not doing that.”

Padiham are rooted to the foot of the Evo-Stik First Division North table, two points behind New Mills and three adrift of Prescot Cables, who they play on Saturday, December 6th.

“Fortunately we’ve not been cut adrift yet and a couple of wins should get us out of relegation. It’s not rocket science, we need to start winning games. It’s a confidence thing. When you’re winning it’s sky high, when you’re losing you just don’t want to turn up.

“We have got to dig ourselves out if though. We have to work hard for 95 minutes in every game. When we got promoted as champions, 18 of our points came from the 85th minute onwards. We have got to work hard for it. “The players have got to show me that they want to stay in this division.”

Despite having only won two games out of 19 this season Wilkes said morale was still good within the squad.

“Morale is good but morale is not going to keep us up unfortunately. I will always praise the players but two wins from 19 is not good enough and that has to change.

“We’ve got Scarborough on Saturday. They’re seventh in the league so we know it is going to be difficult but we go into the game looking for three points.

“Then the weekend after we have a massive game away against Prescot Cables. I’m sure that if we can win a couple on the trot then our confidence will return and we’ll be OK.”

Padiham’s game against Scarborough will take place on Saturday at The Arbories, kick-off 3pm.