Ducks vs Slough: Joyce ‘confident’ United can bounce back from FA Trophy defeat

Alex Tokarczyk was the centre of attention
Alex Tokarczyk was the centre of attention

Tony Joyce says he is confident his side can get straight back to winning ways when they entertain Slough today (Saturday) but will have to do so without key striker Stacey Field.

Joyce said he was encouraged by the performance of loanee goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyk, despite him conceding the penalty which knocked the Ducks out of the Trophy against Ramsgate last time out.

Tokarczyk has arrived at Bell Close on a month-long loan as cover for injured keeper Jack Sillitoe.

And while Joyce conceded the new boy had made a mistake for the penalty, he was nonetheless impressed by him on his first start for United.

He said: “Alex did very well, making a lot of good saves to keep us in the game when we went behind.

“I have no complaints about the penalty decision.

“Alex made the wrong decision on that occasion and got the man rather than the ball. However, it was only his first game and so it’s difficult to make a judgement about him at this stage.”

The Ducks didn’t help themselves with 15 minutes remaining, when striker Field was sent off for kicking out an opponent, another decision that Joyce said he had no complaints with.

He said: “What Stacey did was very petulant and it was caused by frustration.

“He knows he did wrong and he apologised to everyone in the dressing room afterwards.

“The most annoying thing about that incident is that he is now out for three games.”

Ahead of Slough, Joyce said he was upbeat and confident of bouncing back from the Ramsgate defeat which interrupted a fine winning run stretching to five matches.

He said: “Our home form has been good recently and I am confident we can bounce back against Slough.

“They are a decent side and near us in the table but I am hopeful of a good result.”