Latest Lewes Result:
Lewes 2 (Booth 62, 65) Newport County 0
Last Saturday’s win against Newport County at the Pan
came at the end of a difficult week. But it was a perfect
response from my players after a run of mediocre performances,
and a great result against one of the teams that’s bound
to finish there or thereabouts at the end of the season. We’ve
been playing 3-5-2 recently because we’ve been forced
to through injury, but I signed David Perpetuini, an experienced
left back, on a non-contract basis, so I was able to revert
to 4-4-2, our preferred formation. We played well in the first
half, creating a number of chances. Then at the start of the
second, they had the first twenty minutes, and forced a succession
of corners. Siggy responded with a header which was saved
brilliantly by their keeper, but he looked shattered, so I
brought Paul Booth on, on the hour.
This was an important moment for Boothy, who I put on the
transfer list in the week. He’d hit a dry patch and
I was worried about his commitment. What a response he gave.
Within five minutes of coming on, he scored our opening goal.
A cross came in, he headed it goalwards, and reacted brilliantly
to a great save to force the ball over the line. Then, five
minutes later, he beat the offside trap, slipped through,
rounded the keeper, saw a defender sliding in to try and tackle
him, sidestepped him, and put the ball in. It was a brilliant
goal. He gave himself enough time to go off and get a cup
of tea before scoring. He didn’t celebrate either goal,
because obviously he’s not been happy about the situation
himself, and I haven’t taken him off the transfer list
just yet. But obviously it was great for everyone concerned
for him to get his name back onto the score-sheet. I’ve
always said when he gets one they’ll start flowing.