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Whitstable Town manager Lloyd Blackman keen to make his team more ruthless

Whitstable Town manager Lloyd Blackman wants to see a more ruthless side to his team.

They needed a last-minute equaliser from substitute Marshall Wratten at the weekend to clinch a point against Sevenoaks in their Isthmian South East match and it was the least they deserved, Blackman said.

Prior to that they had suffered defeats to Herne Bay and Ashford Town.

Whitstable boss Lloyd BlackmanPicture: Alan Langley
Whitstable boss Lloyd BlackmanPicture: Alan Langley

Blackman feels they have warranted more for their recent efforts.

“We need to be more clinical,” Blackman said.

“That’s what we said to the players on Saturday at half-time and after the game.

“We need to be more ruthless and streetwise and cleverer with certain things that we do.

“We have taken one point from our last three and we are scratching our heads because we’ve deserved more.”

Following the draw, Blackman said: “We had a goal not given as we felt it crossed the line but there is no goalline technology in our league!

“It was a point at least but when we analyse our last three games we are aware that we have created some good opportunities that haven’t been taken and at the other end we’ve been punished when we could do better.”

It was a first goal for Wratten, who is on loan from Dover Athletic for the remainder of the season.

He added two more in Tuesday’s 2-1 Kent Senior Cup win at Welling.

“We are looking at our front line and we are trying to get something to click,” said the manager.

“Marcus Elliot came in to start against Herne Bay and did again on Saturday.

“It’s not a bad thing for a young kid (Wratten) who has come down from the Conference to reflect a bit, but not for one minute do I think he has taken his eye off the ball.

“He is a sensible kid and maybe that has given him a bit of motivation.

“He came on for the last 25 minutes (against Sevenoaks) and was man-of-the-match.

“There is nobody more pleased for him than me, I was really chuffed.

“Getting that goal will do him some good and it will hopefully be a monkey off his back.”

Blackman’s side face a long trip to take on Chichester City on Saturday, a team who made it to the second round of this season’s FA Cup.

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