Boro's Day has sights set on Premier League arrivalBy Dan Cooper
February 11, 2013
SPENCER DAY reckons he has the solution to Farnborough's recent goal drought - straight from the Premier League.
The Boro chief has revealed he is on the verge of bringing a top-flight star, with Europa League experience, to Cherrywood Road at zero cost to the club.
And Day hopes his new signing can help breath fresh life into his leg-weary Boro troops after they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday.
“Fingers crossed we could have a very big signing coming in," Day said. "We are hoping to have a Premier League player coming in for no money for at least a month.
“He has played in the Europa League and is just outside their first team - and it goes without saying he’s a technically gifted lad.”
No-nonsense Day vowed to ring in the changes after the disappointing 1-0 home defeat to strugglers Bath City last Tuesday night - although a flu bug around the camp ensured many were forced upon him.
Captain Alan Inns was only well enough for the bench at the weekend, while Dave Tarpey missed out altogether, handing Alfredo Bosch and Elvis Hammond rare starts.
Boro, however, gave the boss an immediate response when, after just five minutes, Dean Inman rose highest to head a brilliant Nic Ciardini free-kick past Hawks keeper Clark Masters.
And they should have added a second soon after when Reece Connolly almost completed a fine flowing passing move with a goal but headed another brilliant Ciardini delivery against the post.
Dan Bennett then sent an effort just wide before Havant’s Jake Newton had to be alert to expertly clear an Elvis Hammond shot off the line as Boro went in search of an elusive second.
But, just as they did against Bath, Boro squandered chances to extend their lead and were made to pay as Havant’s Dan Strugnell stole in at the front post to head past Jamie Norris after 59 minutes.
And it left a dejected Day once again frustrated at their profligacy in front of goal.
"It’s the same old story.” he added.
“I thought there was only going to be one winner and at half time the only disappointment was that the game wasn't dead.
“It was a very soft goal to give away from our perspective and it was poor from so many different angles.
“We played some great football at times, especially when Reece hit the post, I don’t think you’ll see a better move this season.
"But again, our lack of quality and composure means they have got away with a point.”
Boro's match against Chelmsford on Monday night (February 11) has been called off.
Farnborough: Norris, Huggins, Treacher, Inman, Bosch, Jones, Bennett, Laidler, Connolly, Hammond (Moody 81), Ciardini. Subs not used: Clement, Inns, O'Regan.