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Watt Disappointed With Decider
Margate Manager Steve Watt confessed his side didn’t deserve much out of their visit to Suffolk but was frustrated a penalty decided the contest at Needham Market.
Speaking about the team’s 3-2 loss on Saturday afternoon, Watt said:
“It’s disappointing that the run comes to an end, what’s even more disappointing is the penalty decision which I think was a terrible one.”
“Matt Bodkin’s hands are in the air and he’s been done for a push. For that contact, you’ll be seeing five of six penalties a week.”
“Jay May has arms round his throat down in our box and nothing is given. Having said that I don’t think we played well or deserved much out of the game. A point would have been well earned as not enough people showed up today.”
With the penalty decision proving a crucial point in the match, Watt admitted it made the loss harder to accept.
“The run always had to come to an end at some point. The teams around us have picked up some points today but it’s disappointing that the run has ended via a poor decision.”
“I’m honest enough to say if I think there should have been a penalty. Matt was our best player today and I don’t like to be overcritical but I think it’s cost us a point. I’d rather we lose through lack of quality, effort or our own undoing.”
It has been a fantastic unbeaten run for The Gate including a seven-match winning streak and Watt is convinced his dressing room will show the character required to bounce back against Kingstonian at Hartsdown Park next Saturday.
“It’s one loss in twelve. We’ve not lost a lot this season and our recent run has put us in a good position and we will go again.”
“Losing games of football is frustrating but you’ve got to look at the bigger picture. We address it, we look at it and we prepare for Saturday.”
With plenty of matches left to play this season, Watt believes the club are pushing in the right direction and will re-build momentum.
“There’s lots of ups and downs, twists and turns to come and it’s about how you respond. Our boys know how to bounce back and go on runs and it’s now about building another run and pushing ourselves forward.”
Sunday, 25 February 2018
By Charlotte Richardson