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Watt Pleased Despite "Tired" Display
Manager Steve Watt was delighted his side could grind out a 1-0 victory against Lowestoft, despite not being at their best, on Saturday afternoon at Hartsdown Park.
After a staggering run of games in January, Watt admitted his side lacked their normal spark.
“I thought we looked a bit tired. We looked like a side who had had the fixture schedule we had, even if we did remain largely untroubled. We were comfortable but lacked cutting edge in the first half and didn’t really look ourselves.”
“At half time we spoke about finding that extra 10-15% to get us the win and we did that. The main thing was the three points and now we can enjoy a whole week until our next game.”
Despite the fatigue impacting upon his side’s performance, Watt was pleased with the team’s professionalism and application.
“The best thing about the game was that we could grind out the result despite not being at our best. We should have had a clear three goal advantage with the goal-mouth scramble and Frannie’s effort.”
“I said to the boys after, it’s pleasing for me that when we’re not quite at it, we still find ways to win and find ways not to concede goals.”
The Gate now have the almost-forgotten luxury of seven, game-free days to prepare for their next Bostik League clash, a trip to Brightlingsea Regent. A tough outing the Manager is very much focused upon.
“I’ve never been one for goal setting. There’s no point getting stressed and looking beyond the next game. We have Brightlingsea and we prepare to go up there, get the three points we want and get three points closer to where we want to be.”
Saturday’s win made it five victories in a row, cementing The Gate’s position as play-off contenders. Watt hopes the run will inspire momentum to push the squad through.
“I think we’ve got the hardest run in of anyone else challenging for the play-offs, particularly at the back end of March and start of April, so we need to have as many points under our belts as we can.”
Monday, 05 February 2018
By Charlotte Richardson