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Jones calls for players to get Rovers out of trouble

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

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WILLAND Rovers manager Clive Jones has issued a rallying call to his current players and potential new signings: "We cannot let this club be relegated."

Jones fears his side face a grim battle against the drop unless he brings in some new faces to Silver Street.

The Willand boss has held talks with four prospective new recruits and, should they agree to sign, he hopes to be able to thrust them straight into action for this weekend's trip to Wells City. And he has challenged the players to help steer the club away from the relegation zone.

"I don't usually tell people when I go after players until I get them. But I don't want people thinking that I am not trying," said the Rovers chief.

"The players have given me everything and I can't doubt their effort. But the simple truth is we are second from bottom and we need to add some quality. I am trying my hardest to get someone in.

"I am speaking to four players and I am hopeful that two of them will sign for us.

"The league is tight at the moment and I cannot allow us to get relegated.

"I just cannot let that happen so I have got to stop it. I don't care how I do it, but I will not allow us to go down.

"We have worked too long for all these years to keep us in this league, so any player who signs or plays for me have got to have that determination to keep us up.

"That is a big statement but that has got to be the message."

Willand, whose home game against Winterbourne Town on Saturday was called off because of the weather, face a Wells side that are just one place above them in the standings.

And Jones has told his side the key to mounting a successful revival is to stop leaking soft goals.

"All games are tough when you are second from bottom," he said. "We scored some really good goals last week but we still lost. I haven't got any injury problems at the moment, I have just got problems winning points.

"I wouldn't mind playing absolutely rubbish and winning 1-0. But we are conceding an awful lot of goals for Willand Rovers and I don't blame the keeper and the defence for that, I blame the whole team.

"A bit more quality in the team might take the pressure away a bit. We are going to try everything to turn this around and I believe I will turn it around."

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