www.gloucestercityafc.com caught up with Manager Marc Richards as his thoughts shifted from our away win at Oxford City to the home game against Weston-Super-Mare.
So Marc, it has been a couple of days now and you have had time to reflect on registering your first victory as manager. What were the highlights of the game for you?
“Well it’s got to be mainly the work rate and the way that the boys listened, stuck to and executed the game plan. It’s always a risk trying something different but I felt that we had the personnel to pull it off and we were rewarded with three points and a clean sheet which beginning the New Year like that is a massive boost. I was also really pleased for Ethan, his work rate has been fantastic and his performances have warranted goals”
How important do you think that performance was in terms of confidence for some of the individuals but also the team as a whole?
“The thing is our performances have been there in recent months but we’ve just not had the luck. Football is a sport where, through all of the leagues, you can play well and lose or play badly and win. The three points away from home and a clean sheet is what the team deserved for the effort they put in.”
Obviously having Tom Hadler recalled to Gillingham, who has had a great season for us is a shame but you’ve recruited swiftly and brought in James Hamon. What are your first impressions of him from training?
“Well, yes losing Tom is a blow as we worked hard to keep him but circumstances at Gillingham meant they couldn’t commit to him staying with us. He is a brilliant goalkeeper and has been great for us this season but more importantly, he is a really respectful, genuine and honest young man and it has been brilliant working with him. However, James came highly recommended from Exeter City and I would like to thank both Matt Taylor and Paul Tisdale for making the loan happen. James met and trained well with the team yesterday so we’re looking forward to seeing him in competitive action on Saturday.”
This fixture back in the Autumn saw Kieran Parselle score a screamer but we eventually lost the game 2-1, what are your impressions of Weston-Super-Mare?
“Weston are a good side and Mark McGregor has got them playing an attractive and expansive type of football. As they proved in the game at their place when they came from a goal down, they have quality throughout the side and it will be a tough test for us. If we put in the effort as we have in recent games, I’m confident we can get a result.”
Gloucester City play Weston-Super-Mare at the Jubliee Stadium today kick off 3pm