Boston United boss Jason Lee not panicking over erratic start
JASON LEE insists he is not reaching for the panic button despite Boston United's erratic start to the season.
Impressive victories in their first two games were followed by three successive defeats to leave manager Lee under pressure.
Following last season's disappointing campaign, supporters are split on whether Lee is the right man to take the Pilgrims forward, with some fans venting their frustration during and after Saturday's 3-1 home defeat to Workington.
Lee has been stung by the dip in form, but insists it is too early to panic.
"There are no alarms bells as far as I'm concerned," said Lee prior to Tuesday's visit to Oxford City.
"It's three defeats and I'm not happy about it, in fact I'm very frustrated about it. I'm the manager and I have to find the answers.
"If they hadn't played well and hadn't shown desire then maybe you would rant and rave and question their commitment.
"But that's not been an issue in the games. The games we've lost have been close affairs."
However, following the struggles of last season, the former Nottingham Forest striker admits time is running out for some members of his squad to prove their worth.
"We haven't got long. We don't want to be waiting and waiting (for them to perform)," added Lee.
"Last season we were talking about young players learning from the experience.
"Now we're looking for players to show us that they have learned from that experience, that they can go out there and perform to the level we require of them.
"We are judging them on a game by game basis. There are a few people who came in on Saturday, like Jason Field, who did well.
"We tried to keep a consistent team and we were able to name the same XI for two games.
"But you will pick up injuries and it's up to other people in the squad to prove they want to play in the first team."
Lee revealed that to bring new faces in he would have to move current players out of the club.
“If they’re not up to it, people will have to go and new faces will come in,” he added.
“But if you want consistency you need a group of players to work with week in, week out.”
The Pilgrims now face a long trip to Colwyn Bay on Saturday.
United lost a stormy clash 3-2 in north Wales last season and Lee admits he would love get the better of Bay, who contain ex-Pilgrims winger Kevin Holsgrove and former Chelsea star Frank Sinclair in their ranks.
“It’s going to be a difficult trip because of the time it takes to get there,” said Lee.
“But we went up there last season and put in a really good performance. I expect that again.
“Playing away from home sometimes can be easier. For me playing at home should be a joy, but for some players it may not be.
“Some players struggle to cope with the expectation.”