We caught up with manager Adam Flanagan after Saturday’s close defeat to Whitehawk, and also looked ahead to the FA Cup tie this weekend.
Despite an improved display the side were defeated on Saturday, can you take positives from the performance though?
Yes, I can take plenty of positives from the game – we created several good opportunities in the first half to extend our lead and whilst we weren’t as good in the second half we had further opportunities. I thought defensively we were a lot more solid than we have been over recent weeks and the biggest positive is that we a ran a team that finished ahead of us last season and who are now third in the league very very close indeed.
You mentioned the defence, and whilst looking on I agree with you, that was the best the defence played. Is a settled back four imperative to good performances and consistent results?
Having played my whole career as defender I know it takes a new back four time to settle. I feel we are close to having that now and that without further injuries or suspensions our defensive unit’s performances will only get better and subsequently so will our results.
Looking forward to the weekend, how important is the FA Cup to Concord Rangers?
The FA Cup is very important to all non league clubs – it can offer huge financial rewards if the club can do well, and as a player there is no better competition to be in. Every non-league player would love to be a professional, so to test themselves against a full time professional doesn’t come along every day. Or that’s at least how it was for me!
Wingate & Finchley are on a good run in their league, what kind of challenge will they provide and how can the team combat that?
Wingate performed well last year within the Ryman Premier league and have continued that form this season. They will be high in confidence and look at us as a potential big scalp. We need to make sure we win our individual battles and exceed the determination they will have to win the game. If we have all those elements in place then hopefully the quality of the team will come through.
What is your best FA Cup memory as a player/manager?
To be fair this is only my second season in the FA Cup as a manager and last year we had good cup run at Brentwood losing narrowly to Maidstone (an injury time winner!). I would like to have a good cup run this season as during my playing days I had some great times – I got to the second round with Dagenham & Redbridge – I was only young and came on centre midfield for the last ten minutes, I nearly scored as well but ultimately we lost 3-2, however it was a great experience. I got to the first round three more times during my playing days and got onto Match of the Day once for scoring against Chester when I was at Folkestone (it was the worst goal I think I ever scored!!)
So the FA Cup is special and I hope the club and players can have a great experience again this season.
Adam was chatting to Chris Clark.