TONY'S NOTES - LEWES
We having been nursing some injuries so it may be time to rest a couple of players to aid the recovery but we certainly will be going into this 100% to win and we want to maintain the performance and energy levels we have seen in recent games.
Of course we are trying desperately to stabilise the goalkeeper situation but we have been dealt some terrible luck along the way. Casey has come in and we are really excited about him in the long term and we had to bring in some cover for him. I’ve also spent the last two days working round the clock to add strength in that department so that we can really get our goalkeepers fully fit and able to perform at their peak long term. As you read this i’m sure you will now have an answer, which is yet another really big favour. I certainly owe a few back now. As I type this we still have some admin to complete but I’m very excited again at adding strength to this ever improving squad.
The weather wasn’t as bad as reported for the Redditch game, although it certainly required two different tactical approaches and I felt we managed that better than our opponents. We left nothing out on the grass and it was disappointing to not have all three points, which is a mark of the progress and increased expectation we have and have to remind ourselves of the reality at times. Darren Byfield was really humble and gave us a glowing pat on the back afterwards, which of course was taken in the genuine nature it was meant. What a top man and I hope he progresses in the game. Football needs people like that.
Away at Kings Langley under difficult lighting but a much improved pitch, thanks to their relationship with Watford, we under-performed in spells. Or at least didn’t play to our strengths and we left it too late to throw everything we had at them. Sometimes in football when the stakes are high players resort to things that are off plan. That happened, but we can never fault their effort and the Saturday/Tuesday has taken its toll. It showed that we totally compete at that level and the fact that two key errors in the last two game cost us a win and draw, shows what a remarkable long way we have come.