Well, what a great game that was, happy with the result no doubt, but are you happy with the performance?
I was happy with the way the lads adapted to the condition and still played football when we could. We played some creative football in good areas but had to work hard to do this as Wood never stop chasing or knocking on the door. You always know your in for a real battle with Kris' side. He demands everything from everyone, and they give him that.
After going 3-1 down, how did the players turn it around. Was it their own doing?
At half time it was just a case of getting the group together and calming the situation down but that was only at 2-1 down. Even when it went to 3 I still felt we was always in the game and with the wind being a factor in the second half we told the players the chances would be more frequent and we had to keep going. At 3-1 down we decided to change shape and sacrifice two lads that were doing well, but going for broke we were either going to get the win we felt we deserved, or we was going to take another 5-1 spanking, but either way I was willing to risk it.
The players that came on in the new shape had an effect straight away. With Craig Hall getting an assist and a goal and Joe Villiers returning to his dominant self, dictating play and calming things down. Alongside making lung busting runs forward, we know he can do and we want to see more from him this year in that capacity.
Players played out of position yesterday and it paid off. We got the 3 points so I’m buzzing for the squad, they deserved the win yesterday for their efforts alone.
Did the opposition play how you expected them to?
Yes. I’ve known Kris from Redbridge and he has always had that side that works incredibly hard and his sides can always score goals. It was a case of saying to the lads no matter what happens we play our game and we know we can keep going right until the end, which we did.
Some other results went Bakers way yesterday. That keeps you top. How are you keeping focus and motivation?
Yes. I was told the results as we were packing away. To be honest this is not something that I look at with interest to our position because its down to us to win games, not rely on others! We have a new training regime we’re following from our coach's trip to Australia over the Christmas break that he has brought back from their pro league so we’re going with that. We are playing attractive football and the lads are enjoying it. We scored 16 goals in the last 4 games with players picking up hat tricks and braces, so we are confident in front of goal. We will work on being better from set plays and being more resilient.
How are you going to prepare for the cup fixture next week?
I expect a lot from Waltham Abbey having working with Martin before. I know what he demands from his side. I expect lots of very fit lads that are quick and play academy style football. He is a ball playing manager so I'm expecting a tough game but we prepare as normal. We are in good form at the moment so we hope to continue that.
May and Baker FC travel away to Waltham Abbey next week to play their reserves in the quarter final of the Essex Premier Cup.
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