Hakan Hayrettin says he’s going to use his experienced players to help Braintree Town move away from danger as they’ve been dragged back in to the thick of the relegation fight.
The Iron have lost their last three Vanarama National League games, winning just once in their previous seven.
It had looked like Braintree were moving clear of the drop, Hayrettin having done a fine job since he arrived when the club were sitting firmly in the bottom four.
But after a humbling 3-0 defeat to relegation rivals York City yesterday, it leaves them just two points above of 21st placed Torquay United.
“I thought we were the better team,” Hayrettin told BBC Essex.
“It’s small margins. He’s given a free-kick which we didn’t think was and he’s put it in from 25-yards.
“The second one was from a restart, a throw, and Sam Beasant’s dropped it and they’ve scored, so then we’re chasing.
“We had a couple of half chances but then we’ve made a mistake up the other end, given the ball to them and they’ve scored.
“We just need to keep fighting. People around the club have to be positive and bright, like me.”
He continued: “In the second half, I was disappointed with the two subs. We’re in a relegation battle, maybe I shouldn’t have put the two younger lads on but I’ve given them an opportunity to show me what they can do and they didn’t take it.
“That makes me believe they’re not really up for it and we need more men. I just thought, we’re 2-0 down, we’ve got to go for it, let’s put Joe Maybanks and Kyron Farrell on but it didn’t work out.
“I’ve learnt something from that. I think I’ll have to use every single experienced player I’ve got now.”