SLOUGH Town joint-manager Jon Underwood has suggested the Rebels need to adapt their approach to matches at Arbour Park after a 1-0 defeat to Wealdstone on New Years Day, writes Rob Stevens.

Slough saw their three-match winning streak in the National League South come to an end when Connor Stevens headed in the only goal of the game three minutes into the second-half.

It is a third defeat in four home games in the league for the Rebels and Underwood admits that things are not quite clicking at the moment.

He told the Observer: "For whatever reason our home form of late hasn't been great. We won the last game here but without playing well against East Thurrock.

"We've had some great performances away from home recently but aren't quite clicking at home and that's something Bakes [Neil Baker] and I need to look at.

"I don't think we're passing the ball well enough. When we go behind we end up being a little bit direct.

"We tried to make some changes in personnel and shape to make it easier to pass the ball and play it a little bit shorter, and will did a little but not enough.

"It's still a little bit too desperate to just throw it into the box because teams at this level defend that well. They head and kick things clear.

"It's something we need to look at, to adapt how we play a little bit at home.

"It is not like it's terrible home form but it is not quite happening for us as it has done, particularly last season, and at stages earlier on this season."

Slough won 3-0 away at Wealdstone on Boxing Day but came back down to earth with a bump and started 2019 with a home defeat against the Stones on New Years Day.

The Rebels were fortunate not to go into the break behind as a cross from the right wing hit Sam Togwell in the stomach and almost wrong-footed Jack Turner, but the keeper reacted brilliantly to get down and clear the ball off the line.

The deadlock was broken three minutes after half-time when a corner was delivered to the edge of the six-yard box and Stevens rose highest to power a header past the helpless Turner.

Slough made attacking changes to get back into the game and substitute Dejon Noel-Williams saw a header tipped over the bar by Wealdstone keeper Jonathan North, who also denied James Dobson with a fine one-handed save from a free-kick.

A frustrated Underwood said: "We were certainly not at our best but Wealdstone played well, much better than what we saw from them on Boxing Day, and we expected that to be honest.

"They're under a little bit of pressure at home but they came here and played with a little bit more freedom.

"It's disappointing but not because of a lack of effort. For the first 20-25 minutes, we were really lively and competed really well. Wealdstone then had a spell and Jack made a couple of saves.

"We just hoped we would pick up a little bit and find an extra gear in the second-half but we didn't.

"We huffed and puffed and had a few half chances but it wasn't really enough, and Wealdstone always looked a threat on the break as well.

"We switched off at a set-piece and it was a free header. Wealdstone put good balls into the box and their lad attacked it well. It looked like he lost his man and that's a disappointing way to lose the game.

"We certainly didn't deserve to win the game. Maybe if we had taken our chances in the second-half then 1-1 would've been a fair result, but I'm sure Wealdstone will feel it was the perfect away performance and a deserved win.

"If anyone deserved to win, I would say Wealdstone did."

The defeat leaves Slough in 11th position in the league table and four points behind the play-off spots ahead of a trip to leaders Torquay United this Saturday (3pm) before returning to Arbour Park for the visit of Bath City next Tuesday (7.45pm).