Defeats were disappointing

PUBLISHED: 10:06 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:41 05 July 2010


THE first thing is that we are disappointed to lose both games.

But the reality is, and for everyone who knows anything about the game, we should've got points in both games.


THE first thing is that we are disappointed to lose both games.

But the reality is, and for everyone who knows anything about the game, we should've got points in both games.

Saturday had a draw written all over it and we're very disappointed as we hit the bar, post and missed a penalty - it was one of those games.

We were punished in the first half for not closing them down on the edge of the box and we were 1-0 down when they hadn't really troubled us. We dominated the second half and had the majority of play - but after twice hitting the woodwork and missing a penalty we fell to a sucker punch near the end.

Even they (Leiston management) said after the game that we deserved something from the match. It is frustrating for all of us - the players, management, staff and supporters - but we are working hard to make this right.

On the upside we are blooding young players and while things are not going well for us in the league we are planning for next year.

While we want to get points on the board, and move up the table now, our focus of attention is to win trophies this year - and that will be decided in the cup competitions.

With the injuries we've got and a massive game in the FA Vase, we've had young players coming in for us in both league games and doing a job.

Adam Boggis done really well for us on his debut (at Leiston), and he looked solid in midweek, while Chris Sandford, Danny Mitchell and Jon Lovelock were all involved as well.

We are blooding the youngsters and it's a learning curve for them - but we should've got something from both games. Saying that, both Ady and I were well praised with Wednesday night's display at Kings Lynn Reserves.

With injuries and people who couldn't play, and with tomorrow in mind, we were without Andy Reynolds, Neil Plaskett, Marcus Saunders, Carl Poppy, Matty Potter, Darren Cockrill, Russell Stock, Dale Smith and Ross King.

The boys that came in did the club proud - they were fantastic - and we deserved something from the game. We had a completely new defence, with a lot of youngsters on the bench, and they had five first-teamers playing for them.

The way the lads responded was excellent and we were unlucky in not coming away from the game with something after Woody had equalised from the penalty spot to make it 1-1, but they eventually won 2-1 and that's the way things are going at the moment.

Tomorrow is the biggest game of the season and we're all looking forward to it. We've had a lot of problems with injuries to deal with before the game, but whoever we choose we will be picking from a strong squad.

The boys, Ady and I are all looking forward to the game - it's a massive occasion. The FA Vase for teams at our level is the equivalent of the FA Cup - and we're hoping that come 5pm tomorrow we'll be in the last eight for the first time in our history.

Before that, at 7.30pm in the clubhouse tonight, we will be holding a fans forum for anyone that wants to have their say - so anyone that cares about the club should attend.

Micky Chapman was speaking to Mark Boggis

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