Abdallah Mubiru has said that he wants to see his Police FC players carry more aggressiveness, hunger akin to that of the ‘big clubs’ they seek to catch up on.
Mubiru expressed his frustration with his side after putting up another poor second-half performance despite blowing their opponents away in the first half.
The Cops scored five goals by the 31st minute but were disappointing for the rest of the game, conceding two minutes before the half time break.
Ben Ocen added a sixth goal in the second half as the Police picked up their biggest win of the season, to go within seven points of leaders URA FC.
The apparent drop off in performance is a cause of frustration for Mubiru who says it is high time the player ditch the small team mentality.
“We continue to be grateful and happy with the players for the results and how they apply what we work on at the training ground,” Mubiru told Football256.
“The challenge we have now is that we cannot put up the same level of performance over the length of the game. And that has happened in so many games.”
“We always have a good first half but drop off immensely in the second half. That comes from the players feeling contented easily with the result and the scoring,” Mubiru added.
“As we continue to challenge higher, that is something we need to eradicate from our mentality. Most of the players still have a small team mentality.”
“Now we have to think of ourselves as a big team competing against other big teams in the league. That requires us to compete at the same level and have the same hunger and drive through games.”
“Of course, it will not happen instantly, but we need to convince the players that we cant go toe to toe with every club and not settle for second best,” he continued.
It was the second time this week that Police raced into a heavy early lead but were second best for the second round.
On Tuesday, Police held a 4-0 lead over MYDA FC after the opening 45 minutes but failed to extend their advantage in the second half, settling for a 4-1 victory eventually.
The focus for Police turns to a trip to Wakiso Giants at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium on Tuesday, and victory would see them climb into third for at least 24 hours until Express play Onduparaka FC on Wednesday.
Mubiru will pretty much fancy his side’s chances against an opponent who they are yet to lose to in their three league meetings so far.
Police won both their meetings last season, while they played to a goalless draw on the opening weekend of the 2020/21 season.
Meanwhile, Wakiso needs to start collecting points as just three victories in 19 games have left them hovering dangerously over the relegation zone.
The Purple Sharks are 13th, only a point above Kyetume FC – who they lost to 3-2 on Friday – on 20 points.