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DANNY Braithwaite wants to win over the Hayes and Yeading faithful by helping them get revenge over his old club on Saturday.
Braithwaite is a new arrival at Kingfield, having signed from Chesham United last Friday.
The defender made his debut at Kingfield, where Nas Bashir’s boys suffered a 4-2 defeat to Dover on Sunday, and now faces Boreham Wood at the weekend, the club he swapped for the Generals in the summer.
Boreham Wood have been a thorn in Hayes and Yeading’s side this term, dumping them out of the FA Cup in a stormy encounter in October. That followed an earlier league win for Wood at Kingfield.
“It’s a chance to win the fans over,” Braithwaite said. “That’s a big one after losing against them twice this year. We need to set the record straight and give ourselves three points, not only for a bit of pride but also stopping the slide we’re on.”
Dover are another of Braithwaite’s former clubs and the full back admits he felt the pressure of expectation when he pulled on the red shirt for the first time on Sunday.
“It’s always nice to play against an old team,” continued Braithwaite. “Playing at home, I felt like I had a lot to prove.
“There’s a strong group of lads here so I’ve got to win my place.
“I saw the team play in pre-season and thought this was a club that tried to play the right way and that was a big appeal to me. It was a no-brainer football-wise and it was an easy decision in the end.”
Assistant manager Tristan Lewis played down the significance of the trip to Boreham Wood, despite Kudus Oyenuga and Tom Cadmore being sent off in the most recent encounter.
“We’ve got to forget what team we’re playing and just concentrate on ourselves,” he said. “We’re struggling to do that at the minute.
“They’re a well-organised, well-drilled physical side and they’re the sides we find hard to beat. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board."