We caught up with Manager Adam Flanagan this week, to hear his views on the FA Cup defeat at Wingate and the prospects going forward for the club…
Adam, It’s always disappointing to go out of the FA Cup, what were your thoughts on the game?
As you have said it is always disappointing to go out early in a cup competition, so after going in front early I felt our performance didn’t push on and subsequently we let Wingate get back into the game. I felt several players let themselves down in the first half and this is why changes were made at half time. In truth I felt we could have changed 3 or 4 more. However in the second half I thought we performed better but were unable to score when the chances presented themselves. Wingate had a good opportunity late on in the game which they were able to take and which resulted in us going out of the cup.
Glen Alzapiedi returns to the club, what can he add to the backroom staff?
Glen knows the club inside and out, as well as many of the players so he is a good fit. He is a straight talker and is extremely determined to do well. He has a wealth of experience in Non-league football as a Manager and Assistant, so while developing the players I am sure I will learn things from him as well.
Looking ahead to the weekend’s game against Eastbourne, what challenge does that pose and also how can Concord trouble them?
After a slow start Eastbourne have picked up lately and currently sit 10th in the league. I watched them play earlier in the season and was impressed with the forwards, who both look intelligent players with good movement. They have a good blend of experience and youth players within the squad and they will try to play football.
However we will trouble them with our forward play, but we need to become more resilient defensively as a team. Most of all we need to be horrible to beat – work hard individually and for one another – win our individual battles and we will get something from the game. We have let far too many soft goals in this season and this needs to stop.
With a run of defeats, how are you finding things at the moment?
Things are tough at the moment for me, the players and the fans. Our expectations are similar, we should be doing better. For one reason or another – injuries, bad luck etc, things haven’t gone as we all would have liked. We cannot look for excuses though, we simply must improve. We are all working hard to try and get us on the right path.
I read all the comments from the fans each week wishing us well and this is hugely appreciated. A united club all pulling in the right direction supporting each other will be one of the catalysts that helps turn things around.
We have good players at the club and now as a collective we need to stand up and be counted starting Saturday.
Adam was talking to Chris Clark.