Langdown: ‘We will keep going!’
Louis Langdown gives us his thoughts on yesterdays game at Bideford
You and the players must feel deflated after losing 2-1 today away at Bideford Louis, it was a game that for large periods you were comfortable in.
Louis; yes of course mate, no one likes to lose and certainly not away at a play off rival to the odd goal. Like you say we came in at half time and felt very comfortable and got our rewards with a goal from Charlie you would happily watch over and over again. We cut them open we a fine team move and we spoke at half time about what to expect from Bideford and today we were not good enough to get the result.
Bideford play very direct and it’s certainly effective, it looked at though the injury to Jack contributed to the their first goal
Yes it did, Jack’s had an issue with his groin, but was moving well and coping with it in the first half but perhaps the break in play affected it. He was winning the race for the ball over the top but pulled up and their lad has overtaken him cut back onto his right and found the top corner, it was a wonderful strike. It was a case of bad luck and some finish. From there Bideford attacked far more and scored their 2nd goal, the disappointing thing is their attack started from our loose play.
We still had chances to get a point right up until the final whistle
We do create chances, we have done all year and this team has scored fantastic individual and team goals, but we miss too many bread and butter type chances. That has affected our season and results. Today was the same, Bideford gave us a schooling in how to kill a game in the last 30 minutes, they play to win and use everything at their disposal to frustrate us and get the result. That aside, we had two glorious chances to score with just the keeper to beat, along with one or two misplaced passes when in the penalty box and the game has gone. That’s football.
We are still in with a great chance of a play off place, only one or two points adrift and with teams around us still to play starting with Bristol Manor Farm at home next Saturday.
We are yes, and we will keep going. We have beaten Bristol and Didcot, drawn with Taunton, Evesham and Wimborne who all sit above us and lost to the odd goal at Swindon and Bideford when it could have gone wither way. So we know we can compete, and that’s a great feeling to have. The exciting part for me and the staff is how to help the team make the next step and go on and be more effective in games to get the results against the big sides challenging at the top season after season. That’s the challenge for us all, let’s not forget this is a new experience for most of the team, having a promotion push in senior football has only really been experienced by the likes Craig and Robin in the starting team today. So let’s take our lessons and move on. The 3-2 win at Bristol was a cracker of a game, so if we can edge out another thriller by the odd goal then today will have maybe served its purpose in our learning curve.