PUBLISHED: 10:12 26 August 2011 | UPDATED: 10:25 26 August 2011
WE paid the price for a poor first 30 minutes on Tuesday evening and we were disappointed to go down to defeat.
I think the main lesson that we will take from it is the fact that many teams see us as a big scalp in this league now and raise their game accordingly.
It’s up to us to respond to that.
To be fair to the lads, I thought we did well for 60 minutes but it was always going to be difficult being 2-0 down and although Michael Frew pulled one back for us we just couldn’t get that equaliser.
I think their celebrations at the end of the match showed just how prized a win is over us but we will remember that for when they come to our place.
It can be dangerous playing against a newly-promoted side like Wingate because they have got the momentim behind them from the previous season.
We’re not looking for excuses though - they are a good side and we need to bounce back from that setback.
You won’t find anyone panicking about it - we know what we’ve got to do and it’s not about the defeat itself, it’s all about how we come back from it.
One of the positives was obviously Michael Frew getting on the scoresheet and it’s great to see him get his reward for the hard work he has put in to come back from the broken ankle he sustained last season.
We were obviously delighted to get our season off to a winning start last weekend against Lewes, although it wasn’t without controversy.
Greg Crane’s sending off seemed bizarre at the time but it’s something we’ve got to learn from. Referees have obviously been told to clamp down on any dissent this season and Craney paid the price of that.
We’ll take his two-game ban on the chin but all I would say is that I hope the referees are consistent in punishing any kind of dissent this season.
Scott Mitchell stood in admirably at centre half after the sending off and the management team wouldn’t have any worries about playing him there again.
Ady Gallagher was talking to Mark Armstrong
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