After two impressive wins in a week, we caught up with manager Adam Flanagan to discuss those victories, the importance of the Essex Senior Cup and the visit of Maidstone.
Two great wins in the last week, are the team beginning to adapt and understand what you want them to do on the football pitch?
Two wins in a row is something we haven’t achieved since the opening two games of the season so the feeling around the team has definitely improved. I believe the players have been understanding at to what we are asking them to do all season, but as a team we have struggled with defensive errors and inconsistency with the level of performance week in week out. If we can eradicate the errors and put high level of performance in each week then we will continue to grow as a team/squad and things will continue to improve.
Maidstone visit tomorrow, what threat can we impose on them?
Maidstone are on an unbelievable run at the moment and are the form team in our league. They have good strength in depth as a squad so whoever is in the team’s starting line up they will have a lot of non-league experience on the pitch. They have the best defensive record in the league and also have goals coming from all areas of the field so they are not just reliant on the forwards scoring. I expect that they will bring a huge support with them to the game which will help push their team forward, so while we do the battle on the pitch, we need our fans to do battle with them vocally on the terraces. It is pleasing to see that while Maidstone has grown in stature over the years that they have stuck with Jay Saunders as the manager. He has brought the team up through the leagues and having been at Gillingham with Jay as youngsters, it is pleasing to see him doing well.
Looking back to Tuesday, how important is trying to retain the Essex Senior Cup to the club?
Trying to win the Essex Senior Cup should be important to every team who enters the competition. It is a great opportunity for Essex based teams to pick up a a major piece of silverware. I was lucky enough to win this cup during my playing days and is something I would like to do again as a manager. Being the current holders we should be proud of what we have done in the past and we must/will look to defend it furiously in every game we play.
Adam was chatting to Chris Clark.