Burgess Hill Town boss Simon Wormull felt some of his players have been happy in their ‘comfort zone’ as Hill look to get back to winning ways at home to Carshalton Athletic in the Bostik Premier on Saturday.
The Hillians have not won in the league in three attempts, with Burgess Hill’s latest defeat being a 3-2 loss away to Brightlingsea Regent last Saturday.
Despite Hill’s recent league woes, Wormull has called for patience but felt that some of his players’ performances have not been up to standard.
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He said: “Although we’ve lost three in a row it’s a work in progress. People thought I was going to come in and win every game but that’s not realistic.
“You have your honeymoon period and we got ourselves in a position to get safe, but now I’ve got to work on our consistency.
“They’re a good, talented group of lads but I don’t think they’ve been pushed as hard since I took charge.
“I want every ounce of energy out of them and I think some of them were in a comfort zone and they were struggling to come out of that now.
“It’s not terrible. It’s an eye-opener and it is good for us because you see the character of players when you go away for three games.”
The past three games have seen mistakes cost Burgess Hill in defeat. Wormull felt the errors made in their back-to-back losses were down to his side’s busy schedule but made it clear that, if the mistakes continued, he may ‘need to make changes.’
He added: “We are playing two games a week still and you can’t burn them out. It’s not an excuse, we’re just having to continue to push them as hard as we can and with that comes a loss of concentration.
“You can accept it up to a point but there then comes a point where you say ‘we keep on making mistakes so we need to make changes.’
“I have always said I am going to give everyone until Christmas and then we will see where we go from there.”
Saturday’s opponents Carshalton Athletic sit in sixth-place in the Bostik Premier, having amassed 28 points from 17 games.
Wormull is confident ahead of this tie due to his team’s improved home form, as well as their displays against sides in the higher reaches of the league.
He continued: “We tend to do well against the top teams. It will be nice to get back home because we’ve got decent home form again.
“Even against Wingate & Finchley we lost 1-0 but we played well and against Kingstonian we were well in the game but it was one mistake and we lose.
“Form-wise I think we’ve been really good at home. We’ve really turned it around so it’ll be good to get home and get ourselves on the front foot again going into the Christmas period.”