Haringey Borough will have to develop within to improve, says boss Loizou

Haringey manager Tom Loizou during Hornchurch vs Haringey Borough, BetVictor League Premier Division

Haringey manager Tom Loizou during Hornchurch vs Haringey Borough, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 29th February 2020

Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou knows they will have to develop within to generate more firepower in order to be successful this season. 

Borough will welcome Horsham to Coles Park Stadium on Saturday for their Isthmian Premier Division home opener after losing on the opening day. 

Opponents Horsham also lost 2-0 to Hornchurch so both side’s will be desperate to bounce back. 

“We’re not in the market to bring one or two in, we’re going to have to develop within, and be grateful that we’ve got the players that we have got and hopefully see an improvement throughout the season,” Loizou said. 

“That’s the way we operate, we’re not a big club, so we can’t go out and get players just like that so we have to find gems and develop players. 

“We’ve shown we can do it in the past. The coaching staff here are second to none. We do our best off the pitch and I'm sure the players try their hardest on the pitch. They do quite often succeed our players so we must be doing something right.” 

He added: “There are six or seven teams that are expected to be fighting for a top five spot and Horsham will be one of them.” 

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Haringey suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Kingstonian on the opening day of the new season.   

A 26th minute penalty from Gus Sow proved to be the difference between the two sides at King George’s Field.   

“We know we’re lacking in a little bit of firepower, so we set up not to concede and not to lose the game, but unfortunately the standard of refereeing was pretty dismal,” Loizou said. 

“We conceded a penalty, I think it was a penalty, but these things happen and considering the size of the two clubs I thought we gave a good account of ourselves.

“Always the first game of the season is the hardest and there wasn’t a lot in the game. It wasn’t the greatest of games, I can’t remember either goalkeeper having to make a save, it was just a typical first game of the season where no one wanted to lose it. 

“Unfortunately there was more of a conversation about the referee’s performance rather than about the teams. I hope that’s not what we’ve got coming for this season. 

“We just want to enjoy a good game of football, win, lose or draw. Obviously we all want to win, but the majority of the team talk at half-time and at the end of the game was about the referee’s performance.”