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Thoughts Of The Management

Friday 16 April 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | Two comments |

With Paul Curtis on a short break, Alistair MacLaren this week spoke to Assistant Manager Danny Nicholls following the Bank Holiday programme:

"Our pre-match preparation was very good at Hornchurch, but Greg Williams had to withdraw due to an allergy problem, and then Matt Hayward suffered a groin injury, so had to be substituted early on. The game was played on a very heavy pitch, which suited Hornchurch more than us. We gave away a very sloppy goal, which led to a Hornchurch victory.

We had a number of chances to score, and had we taken them, could have won the game, but I think a draw would have been a fair result. I thought our player's effort was faultless, and we competed very well.

The game against St. Albans was a very different story. It was very much men against boys for the first 45 minutes, with the St. Albans team bigger and more physical than our starting eleven. The score at half-time was 1-0 to St. Albans, but it could easily have been 5-1.

Matt Hayward, Ryan Wiffin and Greg Williams came on during the second half, and made a massive difference to our physical game. However, St. Albans scored another goal, and the result was very disappointing.

People have been talking about just how poor the match was, certainly the first 45 minutes were the worst since Paul and I took over.

Regarding players Adam Garner has indeed been offered a new short-term deal with Oxford United. However, we are still hopeful that we can sign him on-loan next season. Matt Brandish will be offered the chance to sign for us permanently, as he is to be released by Oxford."
 
 
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