Clapton boss Fowell wants to show his side are winners

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 March 2018

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton boss Jonny Fowell wants his side to show him they are winners as they face Takeley in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy semi-final.

The Tons are set to travel to Station Road tomorrow (Thursday, 7.45pm) as they look to progress into the final of the cup competition to meet FC Romania.

The Forest Gate-based club will turn their attentions away from the Essex Senior League for the evening as they look to go one step closer to getting their hands on some silverware.

“If you can’t get up for a cup semi-final then you shouldn’t be playing football,” Fowell said.

“This is a reason why you should want to play and you should want to win as losing in the semi-final is one of the worst feelings

“Everyone wants to win something and I want players that want to win, so I’ll be looking for a big effort.”

Fowell believes the match will come down to whoever wants it on the night, but he believes if Takeley attack them hard it could cost them.

“It’s about whoever shows up and wants it more and whoever that side is will most likely come out on top,” he added. “There is no better team in our league at counter attacking, we have got pace and power and no team can handle us when we counter attack them.

“We have got to learn to start taking our chances, though. The strikers for me have not been good enough this season, as they’ve failed to take their opportunities.

“That is part of the reason we’re not in top five, we’re plus-10 in goal difference and teams above us are plus-30 or 40.”

Fowell also admitted he feels Takeley must achieve promotion to have a successful season.

“They’ve got a decent budget over there, I know some of the boys over there and know they do,” he said.

“If they don’t get promoted it will be the second season running they have in my opinion failed.

“I believe they should be winning the league with their budget and facilities.

“Any club who has a budget and doesn’t win the league is a failure. If Billericay don’t win the (Bostik) league they’ve failed.”

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