“I give the players praise when they do well both collectively and individually” reflected Paul Davis afterwards ” but today was just too much of a mixed bag to summarise in one word or sentence.
In recent games Kyle Rowley has been the best defender on the field but this afternoon for the first goal he was a million miles away, and when you give teams like St Ives who are fighting for their lives something to hang to they battle hard to hang on to it.
After that first goal I felt that we dominated them for the resto of the first half but we couldn’t manage a shot on target while the usually prolific Chris Wreh missed our best chance from close in.
I made a mistake in not starting with Kyle McFarlane but Matt Campbell-Mhlope had been phenomenal in training on Thursday and I felt we need some pace out wide from a natural winger.
That didn’t work out so I put Kyle on in time to get us the two goals back and he is simply a natural goal scorer. In training when we do shooting drills he never misses and the trick is to get him into positions where he can score. Had he been on in the first half I’m sure he would have put at least one of our chances away.
But in the last half an hour I felt we were well on top and Ravi Shamsi was absolutely outstanding. He grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck to get us back into it and his display in that last half hour shows exactly why people are talking about him.
We won’t have a better opportunity to pick up three pints away from home so overall i’m disappointed to only come away with one considering the chances we created. The stats show that we had 16 goal attempts with 8 on target and it was similar at Royston and in two away games we’ve scored four goals but only come away with a single point.
At 2-0 down today I would certainly have settled for the point we eventually got, but the real reason we are leaving here without all three is because what we did in both boxes”,