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Chappo's Corner

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:23 05 July 2010

THE performance and attitude of the players on Saturday was first class - but the result was very, very disappointing.

We've got a flu and sickness bug that has swept through the entire club meaning that the likes of Russell Stock, Craig Lewis, Matty Potter, Bradley Hough, Richard Woodrow and Ali McKenna could not even travel due to the illness.

THE performance and attitude of the players on Saturday was first class - but the result was very, very disappointing.

We've got a flu and sickness bug that has swept through the entire club meaning that the likes of Russell Stock, Craig Lewis, Matty Potter, Bradley Hough, Richard Woodrow and Ali McKenna could not even travel due to the illness.

But then we had Darren Cockrill, Carl Poppy, Reece Hunn, Gaz Williams, Ryan Bloomfield and Andy Reynolds getting out of their sickbeds to play - which shows the fantastic spirit within the club.

Our side on Saturday consisted of three fit players who started the game and three young lads on the bench - the others were all struggling.

Therefore Ady and I can't praise these lads enough - their performance, commitment and attitude was superb. The only downside was that we chucked the game away.

Had we taken the chances we created we would've won the game convincingly. But we did not finish them off and we got punished for it.

We scored a great first goal through Jamie Godbold and could have added at least four more in the first half. In the second half we continued to press them and hit the post before we got punished - and that's what happens in football when you don't take your chances.

They were like a lot of teams in this league - a big, strong very direct side which is all they really had up until they scored. And once we didn't kill them off, and they equalised they were in the ascendancy.

As a unit, we're very disappointed with the result - and that goes for the management, players, officials and supporters - but we'll keep working hard and try and get it right.

Ady and I however all full of praise for the boys because of their attitude and there being nothing wrong with the performance - they showed how much they cared for the club by getting out of their sickbeds, and it was also impossible for the others to turn out.

Hopefully we can get everyone fit and pick ourselves up to be right for this weekend - although Gary McGee is the latest to come down with the bug.

We're still waiting on a few players and will see how things turned out at training last night. But we've a big week ahead of us starting with we hope three points tomorrow against Haverhill.

We know tomorrow will be tough, but we'll be up for the challenge. We've still got lads getting over the flu, and also Neil Plaskett who injured his knee at the weekend - but we're hopeful to have one or two back at least and it will be a strong squad as we look to bounce back and get it right on the field with three points.

Micky Chapman was talking

to Mark Boggis

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