BREAKING the 100-game mark for Hayes & Yeading United has been the last thing on Daniel Wishart’s mind.
The 20-year-old reached the three figures on his comeback from injury last month, at the start of a run of five matches without a win which has left United just two points above the drop zone.
After further setbacks he has finally shaken off the ankle problem and returned to the starting line-up for Monday’s 4-1 defeat by Havant and Waterlooville.
But the bad results mean Wishart is hardly in the mood to celebrate his landmark, saying: “I didn’t even realise I’d played my 100th game, to be honest.”
Wishart suggested a lack of confidence is behind the team’s terrible recent form which has resulted in them plummeting down the Blue Square South table.
“It’s confusing, because in training we’re flying,” he said.
“If you watched us train you’d think we were in the top four, but then it comes to the matches and the belief leaves us.
“Obviously we realise we’re in a relegation scrap now. At the moment our luck’s not in, but we believe it will change. We’re due a big win.”
Should United’s luck not change, the prospect of playing step three football may not appeal for a player who has snubbed reported Football League interest to stay with United in the past year.
But he denied that moving on in the summer was on his mind.
“Obviously everyone wants to progress as a player and move up higher,” he added.
“But our first goal is to stay in the league. We’re all trying to battle to stay here.”