As we were pressed for time due to a need to get back to Gloucester to beat the incoming weather conditions. We were unable to film our usual post match interview for Gloucester City TV. However, we did catch up with Marc Richards regarding his views on the game on the coach on the way back and here is what he had to say.
Marc, First things first, was it a red card?
“Whether it was or it wasn’t it’s irrelevant really, we can’t make excuses and to lose someone so early on was always going to leave us with an uphill struggle. To be fair to the boys, once again they didn’t let their heads drop and worked really hard. We rode our luck at times but the way we set-up after the sending off frustrated them and I thought we did really well to get to half time still very much in the game, especially against the third placed team in the league, who if I’m honest, I’ll be surprised if they don’t end up winning the league.”
As you’ve already said Marc, despite being down to 10 men, the boys rallied produced a great defensive display and we went into the break at half time on level terms. What did you say to them at half time?
“Well it was a case of reiterating that we’d gone into the break on even terms and weren’t being overwhelmed and were causing them problems on the counter attack. Keeping our shape and staying in the game would be vital and if we did that there would be a good chance we could get something from the game.”
Well, it must have worked because when we came out started bright and even managed to get the goal, and what are goal from Joe Hanks! What were your thoughts when we went one up?
“Well, yeah, what a goal from Hanksy, definitely a contender for goal of the season. It was nothing less than we deserved, I thought all the players worked their socks off. We were a constant threat even with ten men, and we had some good chances in the second half to grab a second. In the end the pressure told and we couldn’t hold on but I’m extremely proud of all the boys as they put an absolute shift in tonight”.
Despite the loss plenty of positives to take from the game. Who were the standouts for you?
“Look to be honest the team played brilliantly. They were a unit, fought for each other and the shirt and to play best part of 75-80 mins with only 10 men against the third placed team in the league, I thought they were all outstanding. The gap in the league certainly, doesn’t reflect the standard of football this team is playing. Rhys was excellent up front, James pulled off 5-6 excellent saves that kept us in it and Joe Hanks to get the goal in the way he did was fantastic.”