It was another great away day for the Beachboys on Saturday as they won 2-0 at Whitehawk. We spoke with manager Adam Flanagan to get his thoughts from the weekend.
First of all…explain your build up to this game…when and where did you set off for Whitehawk?
I had to go out to travel to America for work so my journey for Saturdays game started in Evansville, Indiana around 7am(1pm UK time) on Friday morning. I flew from there into Detroit and had to wait for 5 hours for my connecting flight back to Heathrow. I arrived at Heathrow at 7am Saturday morning, I picked my car up and went straight to meet the coach. When I meet the coach at 11am it was the equivalent to 5am US time so a few large red bulls were acquired. I ended up getting home at around 8pm (2pm US time) on Saturday which meant I hadn’t had any sleep for over 30 hours happy so with 3 well deserved points in the bag I went to bed a happy man..!!
I can imagine!! How happy were you with the performance on Saturday?
I felt it was our best away performance to date and we were well worth the 3 points. Whitehawk are a good team but I felt we out worked them on the day in every department and were unlucky not to be leading at half time. We knew that in the second half defending the bottom of the hill that things would be tough but we were equally confident that we would still get opportunities to score which is what happened and we were able to take.
As an ex-centre back how pleased are you with the clean sheets the team is keeping?
As I have been commenting over the last few weeks our goals against column hasn’t been pleasant reading for me so I have been pleased that we are starting to pick up clean sheets. I believe strongly that if we can be ruthless with our defending and start being difficult to score against that with the offensive power that we have that we will be a very difficult team to beat. With Arthur Lee and Steve King out through injury and scheduled to return soon we now have plenty of healthy competition at the back for places so hopefully this will push players to perform at an even greater level and more clean sheets will follow.
Finally how have Tom Ranger and John Easterford settled into the club?
John knows the club well so it hasn’t taken him long to resettle at all. Tom is a young lad and new to the club and so having come up two leagues he is adjusting to the pace of the football. I am pleased with how he is progressing though and he didn’t look out of place on Saturday when he came on as sub. John hasn’t played a great deal of football this season but irrespective of that I thought he performed superbly on Saturday as did all of the back four.
Adam Flanagan was chatting to Chris Clark.