FOLLOWING last night’s 3-1 defeat to Wootton Blue Cross, Neil Griffiths gives his verdict on his first game in charge.
He said: “Last night was a disappointment, it was a game on paper we were looking to win. There has been lots of positivity about the club and we didn’t get the fairytale start we wanted.
“The game started at a good pace but there were times in the early stages it very much looked like a team getting to know each other, miss placed passes, decision making from players on what was a very boggy pitch.
“Wootton were very fired up and put us under some good pressure. We tried to employ a formation that made best use of what I know of the players, in truth that didn’t work as well as we had hoped.
“We reverted to a more standard 4-5-1/4-3-3 and grew into the game, we created chances.
“We started the second half well and got back into the game with a Kyle Stimpson penalty. That should have been the trigger to kick on and put WBX under a sustained spell of pressure.
“Our fitness lacked and instead of that spell, Wootton grew stronger and caused a lot more problems in the closing stages. We were left exposed as we searched for an equaliser which led to them extending their lead in what was there second very tidy goal of the evening.
“I was told coming into the position that we have a young squad that should we go one or two down, heads drop and it’s hard to recover. There was fight about us last night, we didn’t give up and that is a big positive moving forward.
“We will improve, I have only had one hour with the players before tonight. I need to learn about their characteristics and their qualities and likewise they will adapt to the things I am asking of them.
“Last night was not ideal but I didn’t take the position for one game, I took it because this is an exciting project and a great club. That is still very much the case.
“We have three sessions between now and a tough trip to Eyenesbury, I have no doubt we will be in a better position for then.”