After the game I told the players in no uncertain
terms that I thought they were underachieving. I’m not
unhappy with their work-rate and their pressing when the opposition
have possession, but I am unhappy that some players aren’t
firing on all cylinders. After the game I told them to look
at themselves and wonder why they were on the end of a bollocking
from me and Stewart Cash. We had the players to win that game,
but too many of them weren’t pulling their weight. That’s
not acceptable. I’m going to make some changes for the
next game. I hear people moan that I make too many changes,
but sometimes it’s necessary, and it is now. I was happy
with the crowd: I said I wanted seven or eight hundred, and
that’s what we got, and they got right behind the team.
The pitch looked great, too, but it was a little too long
for our liking. Roger the groundsman cut it on Sunday evening,
than it rained on Sunday night, and the grass grew overnight.
So the ball was sticking at players’ feet. Nobody’s
fault, just one of those things. That’s nature for you.
There are so many different factors to consider in a football
We got the same result at Havant two days earlier, but I was
much more happy with that performance. They are one of the
favourites to win the league. We had the first half and they
had the second half, and again a draw was a fair result. We
scored early. Juke Box (Andy Drury) wriggled through and put
the ball between the central defender’s legs: Jamie
Cade was there to toe-poke it in. It wasn’t the best
goal he’ll score, but they’re all good when they
go in. They scored in the 71st minute: a good goal, but I
was unhappy with our defending in the build up. One ball undid
us, and we should have seen it coming.