Halfway through the Bank Holiday fixtures and Assistant Manager Jody Brown spoke with Chris Clark, to give his views on Saturday’s game and look ahead to Monday’s clash with Margate.
Another defeat for the boys at Bishop Stortford. How frustrating was it to lose to a last minute goal and how was the team’s performance?
Was obviously disappointing given the strong performance, and most notably the response to going behind. The 1st penalty was an extremely questionable decision at a critical point in the game. But the tempo & intensity the players produced to regain control of the game was great to see, and certainly dispelled any question marks relating to character.
Losing is always hard to take, but when you go away from home, and see the hosts substitute an attacking player for a centre back, you have to acknowledge and build upon the positives and strong attacking play.
Two new signings brought into the squad. How will they improve the squad?
We’ve been bitterly unlucky with injuries. The enforced changes in the back four prior to every game thus far is almost impossible to deal with this early in the season.
Putting things into perspective, a club of our size & resources will always find it difficult to carry a squad of 18-20 players at the required level. However, it’s still important that we create competition for places and cover within our means.
The manager & all the staff have been working hard to unearth players that are hungry to be tested at the level, and that want to improve. We cannot go and sign the proven players that other clubs can, so it’s a case of giving people opportunities.
Raphael showed a glimpse of his potential Saturday, in a really positive 20min cameo, and Louis brings much needed competition & cover for the depleted back four. Both are young players, and both can develop at our club.
Margate on Monday, can we see a better home performance than the one given against Hemel?
We were all disappointed with aspects of the Hemel performance, but it was still a case of fine margins. Having watched the game back & reflected on it, we matched them in two thirds of the pitch, and enjoyed lots of possession. However, they always looked to have more of a cutting edge to their attacking play. Perhaps with all the recent defensive upheaval, they were fortunate to face us at that time, but they were well organised, and boasted squad depth & preparation time that we can only dream of at this moment. I think they’ll be around the play-off places in April.
Margate cannot be underestimated following the slow start they’ve made. They’re full of experience, and are led by arguably the most experienced manager in the division. That coupled with great resources, good support from the stands, and a handful of very good players, i feel it’s inevitable that they will come good.
We will have to play the game our way, forget about the run of results, and build on the obvious positives in so many of our performances. A clean sheet would be a huge positive, but 3pts will give everyone a huge lift.
Is the key to Concord getting positive results, being able to put out a settled side?
A settled side would be great, but during managerial transitions it’s difficult. Adam’s learning about his squad all the time, and was forced to contend with so many key players departing. The injuries have really hampered our progress and desire for continuity, but we are making no excuses.
We’ve led comfortably in 5 out of 6 games, and that’s no fluke, but neither is it unlucky to keep conceding such poor goals late on in games.
The squad could not have worked harder this last week to put that right, and I fully expect them to get their reward sooner rather than later.
It will take time to get the squad settled and producing their very best form consistently. There will be ups & downs along the way, but I’m in no doubt that the quality & togetherness within the group will shine through, and we will start to see out games from the very strong positions we’ve been putting ourselves in.
Let’s all get behind the boys, especially during the testing times during the game. Your support can make all the difference, and together we can get an important performance and result.