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|ANDGY CLARIDGE HOLDS 90-MINUTE DRESSING ROOM POST MORTEM
Steve Claridge held a 90 minute dressing room post mortem after his Weymouth side slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Chippenham Town at the Wessex Stadium on Saturday.
The Terras player boss raged after Martin Paul's late strike hammered another blow to their Dr Martens League Premier Division title hopes.
Paul's 85th minute winner sealed Weymouth's seventh league defeat in 15 games since the turn of the year.
And Claridge admitted plenty of soul-searching had gone on during the clear-the-air-talks.
"Things that are said in the dressing room stay in the dressing room," he said.
"But what I will say is a lot of views were exchanged and it was a very worthwhile exercise. It was important we did it to get everything out in the open.
"Confidence is low at the moment, it's clear to see that out on the pitch, and our form is suffering.
"The blip has happened for a number of reasons and it's important we put a stop to it and quickly.
"The players have a responsibility to perform at the standards they set themselves earlier this season.
Unfortunately they are not doing that and I, as manager, don't know what I'm going to get from them week-to-week at the moment.
"One game we can look excellent, like against Worcester City and Dover Athletic, then the next game we're awful. It's so frustrating."
Claridge refused to admit Weymouth's title hopes are over despite the defeat.
The Terras are now nine points behind Crawley with six games to play.
"Clearly it's going to be a big ask and Crawley have got to fancy their chances now," he admitted.
"But I wouldn't say it's over because our form is so up and down we could go and win six on the trot and give ourselves a real chance.
"On the other hand, we could also lose our remaining six because we are so inconsistent. But one things for sure and that is we need to win every game if we're to have a chance, starting at Stafford Rangers next weekend.
"What's so disappointing is that in previous weeks we've conceded sloppy goals at bad times.
"But on Saturday we defended relatively okay and Chippenham have caught us with a sucker punch when we've pushed forward for the winner in the dying minutes."
Claridge handed a debut to new signing Gary Sawyer, a 19-year-old defender from Plymouth Argyle who has signed on a work experience deal.
Former Exeter City defender and captain Chris Curran (pictured), 31, has also agreed terms at the Wessex Stadium.
"Gary's here to get a few games under his belt and he did okay in the opening 45 minutes.
"He was substituted for tactical reasons because I wanted to switch to three at the back in the second half.
"We've also signed Chris Curran, who has not been playing recently, and we'll have a look at him at Wimborne Town on Tuesday.
"I'm hopeful we can get one or two more in by the deadline in midweek, but it's proving very difficult to get clubs to release players."
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