Dec 20 2012 by Paul Bishop , Harrow Observer
HARROW new boy Shaun Lucien is a hard man to please, especially when it comes to his own performance, it seems.
The former Uxbridge winger might have been expected to turn cartwheels after scoring on his first start for Borough against another of his old clubs, Hampton, on Tuesday night, helping Harrow record their first home league win for three months.
However, Lucien gave himself a Cminus, insisting he can and must do better having made the step up to the Ryman Premier.
“I’m my own worst critic. That’s typical of me, but the performance was not what I wanted it to be against my old club as well. I did not get sufficient balls in the box or create enough. I didn’t affect the game as much as I wanted to so, even though I scored, I’m not happy.
“You feel the step up mainly in the little things, like getting on the ball and how you receive it, but I’m confident in my ability and I’ll get used to it I’m sure.”
Lucien is obviously a pretty good poker player after surprising his former boss at Honeycroft, Tony Choules, and jumping ship to join Dave Anderson at Earlsmead.
He admits it was a wrench to leave Uxbridge, but despite his debut performance, he has no regrets.
“I did enjoy it at Uxbridge and they helped me out a lot, so it was pretty difficult to leave.
“It was a tough decision because I had made friends there, but when the chance came to play in a higher league I felt, given the opportunity, I just had to do it.
“I’ve scored, so it is not all bad news, but I’ve got to kick on from here and having won a starting shirt, I’ve got to keep it and focus on producing a performance for the full 90 minutes.”
Boss Anderson, while acknowledging it might take his new wide man time to adjust to Ryman League level, has urged Lucien to cut himself some slack.
He said: “Shaun scored a goal, though he has just found out there is a difference in levels and he is frustrated with himself. But I’ve said to him what are you worried about? You have come in, scored on your debut and done fine.
“He wants to show everybody what he can do, but he has another 20-30 games this season to do that, so it is all good.”
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