A 1-1 draw for your side today. What is your immediate reaction to the game?
I thought the first half was really difficult for us; I felt we were really slow coming out of the blocks. I think at half time we managed to regroup and I made a little change to our shape as I feel we are better when we play on the floor. From doing that, we got our just rewards and I felt a draw was probably a fair result in the end.
It looked like a game that could go either way. Elvijs made a couple of very good stops, however, your side also had chances to win the game too. In the last ten minutes, were you a little uneasy about going all out for the win with the possibility of losing the game?
We need to keep remembering where we’re at. A point away from home in this league is a very good point. I think they’re better than what the league table suggests as they’ve played some top teams so far this season so I felt it was important that we didn’t look too much into the league table. It was important to not be complacent and do the things that we have done very well in the first five games but unfortunately, we did exactly what we didn’t want to do in the first half.
But as I said, half time came at a very good time for us as it enabled us to regroup and I feel in the second half, whilst Elvijs made a couple of really good saves, I thought we were the better side. I think we scored a really good goal as well; fantastic team performance goal. We moved the ball quickly, entered the box with the ball on the floor and a really composed finish from a centre-back which was pleasing. Then it is the question of going for the win or shutting up shop and I think we did neither!
How much of an impact did the artificial surface have on your side compared to if you were playing on grass?
I’m reluctant to use the pitch as an excuse for not playing well. It is what it is. We have another game on one next week, I think we need to utilise it and see it as a strength by getting the ball down and playing. I feel we rushed things on the surface but it’s something that we can learn from.
Looking ahead to next week, how important is an FA Cup run to you?
Updated 19:46 - 2 Sep 2018 by Sean Galea-Pace
It’s obviously important to the club; we’d love a good run in it! Is it a priority for us? I think the priority is avoiding relegation but of course, we’d love a run. I think it’ll be a good game as Ware will certainly not be easy opponents. We just need to go into the game concentrating on ourselves, do the things that we’re good at and let results look after themselves. If we continue with that same mindset, then we’ll be alright.