FABIO SARAIVA believes Woking should be doing better as a team, despite being in the top ten of the Vanarama National League and in the second round of the FA Cup.
The Cards again fought back from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Maidenhead United at the Laithwaite’s Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Saraiva then had two further chances to win it only to be brilliantly denied by Carl Pentney on both occasions, and the versatile left-back believes his side should be improving and testing sides more.
In an interview with Peter Moore, he said: “I think we dominated the game in terms of possession, but possession doesn’t win you games.”
“We should be doing better as a squad, we know that as individuals. We weren’t quite at it in terms of our end product and how we moved the ball and we gave the ball away sloppily at times and we didn’t get into our rhythm.”
“We need to create chances and take our chances so in the end we’ll take a point, but we’re undefeated in four so you’ve got to look at the positives.”
After their FA Cup heroics last week, there may have been signs of weariness when Adrian Clifton fired Maidenhead ahead after ten minutes following a neat exchange with Jake Hyde.
However, Charlie Carter scrambled home an equaliser at the back post in the 40th minute, and after yet again gaining points from losing positions, Saraiva was pleased with the response of his players, and thought that Saturday’s was more important for the team than the trip to Bury.
He added: “We have that belief of character in our team and in our squad and that comes from the management down to our players.”
“If we go a goal down, we know that we’ll come on strong in the second half and we shown that a lot of times this season.”
“We knew this game was as important if not more important to us as a team wanting to strive on in the league and do the best we can so as players we were all focused.”
The former Merstham man played his first full 90 minutes since March after a frustrating injury-hit season due to an ankle, and was delighted to back playing again after playing just three times this season.
“It was good for me to be back on the pitch after a frustrating start to the season so I’m grateful to be out there and playing and doing what I love.”
He may also be back in action on Tuesday evening when Woking host Ebbsfleet United in search of their first league win since 7 October, and Saraiva believes three points is a must.
“We need to improve on the performance because there was a lot we could have improved on. A point is a point and its another one of the table but on Tuesday we really need to look for those three points and do everything we can to get those three points.”