...., about his thoughts on the win against Jimmy Bullard’s Leatherhead, his ambitions for the rest of the season and what he expects from Enfield on Saturday.
How pleased were you with your side’s performance in the 1-0 win against Leatherhead last week?
"I was pleased with the result and the clean sheet. That was important. I think it was the first time this year that we have won ugly. I was pleased that we were solid in the first half but it was duller in the second half and I felt we tactically upped our game and that gave us the opportunity to create chances. When that chance did come, I was happy for Sean (Bammant) to score and he took his chance. I was pleased with how we played the game out as well, I felt in the closing stages that we stayed organised and ran the clock down quite well at the right time and showed a lot of knowledge and experience. Ultimately, it was a pleasing result despite it not being the best performance".
Were there any particular performances from individual players that you felt stood out for you?
"There were a few lads that I felt had good games. I felt Fisky (Andrew Fisk) played particularly well in midfield. It’s always difficult when you have to drop people into defence and midfield but I felt as a team that we were solid throughout and I felt second half we were much better going forward. I thought that Bammo (Bammant) and Jamie Forshaw started to step up against their fullbacks and did a good job. We got a better control in the centre of the pitch and our fullbacks stepped up and did better for us as well. Aside from Fisky, there were some solid performances and it was a solid team performance as far as I’m concerned".
And to get a win over Jimmy Bullard must be satisfying as well?
"We have a lot of big managers and good ex-players at this level. It’s nice to win any game of football whoever you’re playing against really. It could be Alex Ferguson in there, I’d still want to win. It makes no difference to me. The most important thing is that us as a team pick up three points and we need to pick up a few more wins this season".
With your side neither being in a relegation battle or fighting for the play-offs, what do you feel the aim is for the rest of the season?
"It’s been a difficult season with injuries and the monetary constraints. We’d all set out with high hopes at the start of the season but we haven’t been able to fulfil those hopes. We are in a period of transition at the club and it is difficult but we have to be realistic with what we are competing with. Billericay’s budget is £9,000 a week which is massive and they’re in the middle of the table which goes to show how hard it is at this level. We are at the stage where we are cutting our budget and our budget is considerably less than that, less than a quarter of that. It is incredibly tough at this moment in time for the football club. When teams are paying that kind of money and not even winning the league it really indicates how difficult it is. From my point of view, our ambitions for the rest of the season would be to win every game of football. Every single week. Realistically that’s not likely to happen, but as we take every game as it comes the aim at the start of every game is to get three points. For me, it’s important that young players continue to develop at the club. As we move forward, it’s important that we utilize the budget at hand to try and bring through more young players with the ultimate goal of being able to bring through a side that the town and the club can be proud of in the future. A side that can be up near the top of the table, winning trophies and trying to gain promotion to a higher level of football. But this is the reality of our situation at this moment in time, it’s no excuses - it’s just a real fact. I’m a firm believer that people who spend all their time looking backwards have no future so now isn’t a time to reflect on what we’ve done previously and it’s important that our supporters clear their heads quickly and realise that as well. Now is the time to try and rebuild and get behind what we have at the club, understand that the constraints at the club are higher than they were before and try and build something special again. I’ve certainly got the desire to do that, I know I’ve already got the nucleus of the squad that is capable of doing that. My ambition now for the foreseeable future, is to rebuild the club and develop a very young team that is capable of taking the club forward again".
What kind of a test do you expect from Enfield this weekend? Do you expect a similar kind of game from the one you drew 2-2 with earlier on in the season?
"Enfield are a very good side. When we played away at Enfield, we played particularly well on the night and felt totally aggrieved to have come away with a draw given that Enfield equalised in the last minute of the game and we were disappointed with the manner in which they scored. But they are a very good side, well organised and they play good football and I would expect a really tough challenge from them on Saturday. They’re fighting for the play-offs so it’s going to be a big ask for us but from our point of view, we expect that every week against every team. But it’s down to us, we’ve kept two clean sheets in a row which is a nice habit to get into and hopefully we can continue that, but we need to be solid, tight and horrible to play against and at the same time be able to carry a threat going forward which I feel we’ve started to do over the last few games".
Updated 20:54 - 24 Feb 2017 by Terry Bullen