Baillie – “We needed to win against one of our play off rivals”


“It was our best performance for a number  weeks” purred a thoroughly satisfied Town boss Thomas Baillie after Town’s narrow win against the Diamonds.

“We needed to win against one of our play off rivals, and I thought that we were comfortably the better side, but once again though we found it hard to score and when you are not scoring anything can happen.

We couldn’t have been better prepared for today’s game.  We had two excellent  training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday and me and my staff have been talking to players individually and in groups to get their confidence levels up.

It was great to see Jimmy Fry rifle in the winner after I had left him out of the starting line-up, but that was to protect him against a possible yellow card  before the cut-off date of March 10th which would have led to a suspension.

We couldn’t afford to have him missing for even one game during our run-in to the end of the season, but I had to send him on when Ross Oulton couldn’t continue and the news about Ross isn’t good.

He has probably sustained ligament damage and may well be out for the rest of the campaign.

Looking ahead our next three fixtures are all challenging .  Coalville away will be tough after their recent win here while Leiston away in midweek is difficult because of the travelling involved and our next home fixture against Kings Lynn is another against a side fighting for a play off place.

But as I’ve said repeatedly no game in this league is easy, and the other teams will have testing fixtures as well.   For example Diamonds travel to Rushall who beat Kings Lynn today on Monday,  and Coalville are at home to Royston on Tuesday which is a game I shall be watching.

So it’s very much all to play for and my message to supporters is that we have as good a chance as anyone.”


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