Joe Radford Reacts: Phoenix Performance / Execution of Game Plan / Looking Ahead to Leatherhead

Joe Radford Reacts: Phoenix Performance / Execution of Game Plan / Looking Ahead to Leatherhead


Ramsgate’s Goalkeeping Coach, Joe Radford, has reacted to Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Phoenix Sports in the Isthmian League.

“I thought Saturday’s performance was very, very good, especially when you factor in how we’ve played in recent weeks.” Joe said. 

“Everybody worked for everybody, we didn’t give them time on the ball, we were on the front foot throughout and I was impressed.”

“It’s just a pity that we didn’t get the three points that we deserved and we are obviously massively disappointed in the circumstances that we conceded but these things can happen, of course.”

“I’m sure Liam [Friend] will be keen to make up for it with a goal at the opposite end next time.”

Joe Radford was particularly impressed with his side’s understanding of what was instructed of them throughout the match.

“The players followed our instructions extremely well, so I am very pleased with that. We had a game plan and I thought it was executed well.”

“In our last few games, we, the management team, as well as the players, have been getting a little frustrated with our showing on the pitch, but that certainly wasn’t the case against Phoenix.”

“A huge part of football is listening to people and talking to each other constantly, offering advice and taking it on board,”

"If somebody tells you to do “A” or “B”, it’s not them having a go at you, it’s not personal, but they’re giving you that information that can support you in hopefully influencing a game.”

Now, Ramsgate must prepare for their last-32 Velocity League Trophy clash against Leatherhead on Tuesday night.

“At the moment we aren’t having a lot of time to train, and Ideally we’d like to train a lot more than we currently do, but we’ll prepare ourselves in the best possible way for Tuesday night’s fixture against Leatherhead.”

“We are most definitely capable of giving them a good game and a run for their money - we have a good side too.” 

“I’m not too sure how well they’re doing in their own league, but we have an opportunity to progress and that’s what we’ll look to do.”