www.gloucestercityafc.com caught up with Marc Richards during the two-week break afforded to us by Wealdstone’s progression in the Cup.
So Marc, now you have had a couple of days to process the events of the match we would like to ask a few questions. Obviously, a disappointing result, how tough is it to concede a penalty in the first minute and what were your thoughts?
“We cannot afford to gift opposing teams goals like that. These early errors set us up for an uphill battle and no one feels that more than the players. Yes the early penalty was a setback but I what I saw was a team that did not let their heads drop and they continued to work hard and fight.”
Watching the game, particularly in the second half, the team looked to be stretching Weston and were looking to play good football and were passing with confidence, they certainly didn’t look like a team 3-1 down. What were the positives for you?
“Once again, without wanting to sound like a broken record the overall performance was good. Taking out the cheap goals we conceded, it was a closely contested game. Yet again, the mentality and commitment was there, we never let our heads drop after any of the goals, but yet again, the chances are not quite falling for us. You could see the effort and desire was there to the end as we created many chances and were denied by the cross bar and the goalkeeper on the line. We’re playing some good football, we just need that luck in the final third but it will come.”
We’ve got a bit of a break now due to cup fixtures, how are you going to use this time now and where do we go from here?
“It has effectively given us four training sessions to keep working on the things we are good at and on parts of our game we need to improve. It allows us to look after some knocks and ensure that everyone is fully fit for the upcoming games. In addition, it gives us an opportunity to get ahead on our opposition analysis and work on our game plan.”
Our next game is away to Havant and Waterlooville next Saturday 20th January, Kick Off at 15:00.