Scott Booth has been full of praise for his players and the first-half of the season as we prepare for just our second league match of 2023 on Sunday.
This week we welcome Birmingham City to the Dripping Pan and Scott spoke of his delight at the business done in January.
“I think the business has been really good, we did need to strengthen the squad, we did look a bit thin at times.
“It just meant that in the first-half of the season, a lot of players had to play the majority of the games.
“It can get tough doing that a whole season, with the league as competitive as it is. The games we’ve got coming up it was important to strengthen and I’m pleased with what we did.
“Managers always say more squad depth is a good problem to have, it is healthy to have competition and players understand that they have to be at the top of their game to play.
“It also gives me options by playing different sides, different tactics, teams give you different problems and you’ve got to come up with a way of beating them. That might come through a different type of player.
“That’s a great thing to have now but obviously it’s tough to leave players out. You don’t want players not picking up game-time.
“But that’s the other side of having a very competitive squad, it’s healthy, it can only be good for the club.”
Following a postponement away to Charlton, this Sunday will be just our second league match this year and Scott is relishing being back to it.
“We’ve got tough games coming up, really important ones, the players are really up for it. Especially without a league game in a while.
“Birmingham will pose a threat in the same way that they did the first game we played them. It’ll be really tough.
“We’re both sides that have come a long way since then, I think it will be a different game but competitive still, and we’re at the Pan so we’re confident.
“The players are up for what they know themselves will be a tough match, but we’ve got quite a few big ones coming up which comes at a good time for us.
“We understand as a group how important these league matches are, having come off the back of a bit of a journey with the cup competitions.”
Scott wasn’t overly happy with the performance last time out in the FA Cup but is overall very happy with his side’s progress this season.
“We know we’re better than what we showed against Ipswich, we’ve set higher standards than that, in terms of how we want to play.
“I also have to say that generally speaking, the players have delivered this season. But when you have a dip in performance, you have to make sure you win.
“The players obviously want to win every game, but they want to win it with a little bit of style as well.
“We’ve gelled really well at the back, we’ve used a number of different permutations back there, despite the fact we’ve been short there at times.
“They’ve done really well though and they have a strong mentality in that sense, and I think that when you’re in a team that doesn’t score an abundance of goals, you need to make sure you keep it tight at the back.”
Lewes FC vs Birmingham City tickets
The match on Sunday is at 2pm. You can buy tickets for the game online and skip the queue at the gate. Online ticket prices are as follows:
Adults – £12
Concessions – £8
Kids U16 – Free
Beach Huts – £110