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Happy to take a single point

PUBLISHED: 12:38 27 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:25 06 July 2010

ROYALS REVIEW



WE went into Saturday's game knowing that Felixstowe have a really, really good home record and they've already beaten some top sides.

ROYALS REVIEW

WE went into Saturday's game knowing that Felixstowe have a really, really good home record and they've already beaten some top sides.

I could see why they've been doing so well as they take advantage of a sloping pitch and look to play in the channels and turn you around, so it was a tough test for the players.

We defended against the strong wind in the first half, as we had against Biggleswade, and we did a pretty good job. We took the lead from a well worked corner that Nathan Stone headed home and as we were defending well we didn't look in any trouble.

Nathan then had a one-on-one with the keeper and we need to be converting a higher ratio of these type of chances - that's not down just to Gangles, it's the whole side - but had it gone in at 2-0 I think it would've been game over.

We then gave away a sloppy free kick and the ball was floated in, with Woody (Robert Woodcock) calling for it, but a player nipped in to score.

It wasn't a good goal to concede but thereafter, he made two top drawer saves that went a long way to us taking the one point. In the second half it could've gone either way but I felt we didn't work the goalkeeper enough from two really good chances.

They had their chances as well and while it was a little bit disappointing overall a draw was a fair result as we weren't at our best.

We took the opportunity to rest three or four on Wednesday night in the cup game with Diss and the number of changes didn't help us as it took a while to get going.

We changed the formation to 3-5-2 in the second half and we felt that moved us up a gear or two after a few words had been said at half time!

Once we got to 1-1 we then missed three one-on-ones, which could've sealed the tie and that meant we had to play another 30 minutes, which we could've done without.

In the end we got a penalty to send us into the quarter finals after Christmas, and we'll put that on the shelf until then.

Cole got through 90 minutes on Wednesday. He's still a bit in terms of fitness but will travel with us tomorrow. We wanted to give Ryan (de Coteau) a rest on Wednesday, but Danny Tacon suffered a head injury and had to come off early on.

Tomorrow we'll be missing Liam (Harvey-Cooper) and Woody so Sam Thacker will play. In terms of numbers we are OK, but we have some big games coming up and with the great position we are in we are now actively looking to give us a bit more depth as games are taking its toll at the moment.

We are one looking for more depth, two to freshen things up and three aiming to have an extra impact from the bench.

Stanway will be a tough test and this is the first of the big games coming up. We need to improve things against the top sides and Stanway have been having an indifferent spell as of late so it will be a big game, where we need to pick up the points.

Stewart Larter was speaking to Mark Boggis


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