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Great way to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 10:06 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 05 July 2010

CHAPPO'S CORNER



WE are obviously disappointed with Saturday's result and performance.

There are no excuses - it was a poor performance as we dropped our standards and produced a below-par display, which we're very, very disappointed with.

CHAPPO'S CORNER

WE are obviously disappointed with Saturday's result and performance.

There are no excuses - it was a poor performance as we dropped our standards and produced a below-par display, which we're very, very disappointed with.

We had a long chat with the players after the game and made it clear that the performance was not acceptable - out expectations are a lot higher than that.

On Saturday we were just poor as a unit all over the pitch and got what we deserved from a very, very poor day at the office.

Our aim was to bounce back during Tuesday's game at Dereham and we told the boys we expected a reaction - and we got one!

We'd gone out of the cup, and dropped points in the league as we suffered our first defeat - but the lads took the criticism on board and we got the reaction we expected.

Dereham is a place we have struggled at over the last few years, but the boys football and response on Tuesday was terrific. We made it our intent to get a result and the boys were fantastic.

They applied themselves superbly from the first minute, played some great football, worked hard and secured a well-earned three points.

Tuesday was a really important game for us as a lot of people had been saying and thinking that on the back of two defeats Lowestoft were starting to slip up.

But we answered a lot of critics on the night - and not many teams will go to a tough place like Dereham this season and get a result. We thoroughly deserved the points and all credit to the lads - they took the criticism on the chin and responded in style.

Saturday was a setback for us, but going into the two tough away games if we'd picked up a point from each we'd have been satisfied with another two points on the board.

So once we knew we picked up nothing from CRC the boys bounced back and were determined to secure all three points at Dereham - which they did superbly.

We did have seven players missing on Saturday, but we're not making excuses as we didn't deliver on the day. But we more than delivered on Tuesday and we're proud of all of them.

Reece Hunn was back in the squad on Tuesday, which was great, and Dale Cockrill has now completed his suspension and is available again.

Carl Poppy, Matty Potter, Andy Reynolds and Craig Lewis are all likely to be missing long-term, while Adam Rix is also struggling for tomorrow.

Dave Attridge came in, in goal for the midweek game and was superb. All our focus is now on Woodbridge Town and tomorrow's game as we look to get a run going again.

We're expecting a tough game, but we're still unbeaten at home and if we want to win things this season you have to make sure at this level that your home results make a difference.

It has been a great start to the season for us and we're determined to keep the run going. From 14 league games played up to the end of October we've won 12, drawn one and lost one.

If you'd have said that at the start of the season, given we've had a difficult start and have played all the top sides, we're well pleased with that - especially as we've taken maximum points off them.

After a big setback on Saturday, we bounced back on Tuesday and now we want to continue that tomorrow.

Micky Chapman was speaking to Mark Boggis

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