Matt Longhurst Reacts to Burgess Hill Draw - "We're Disappointed but it's Still a Point in the Right Direction"
Ramsgate manager Matt Longhurst has reacted to Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw away to Burgess Hill in the Isthmian League.
“It’s a decent point away from home which we possibly would’ve taken before the game. Difficult conditions again with the wind and rain, as well as a heavy pitch.”
“For large parts we were certainly the better side, pretty much throughout we were the better side to be honest. We controlled the game and played some good football but should’ve been more ruthless in the final third.”
“The first goal we gave away was a poor one from our point of view. It was just a poor decision and mistake to make and Burgess Hill punished us for that.”
“Fortunately we were able to get back into it with two goals from set-pieces - both excellent deliveries by Henry Arnold who filled in for Aaron Simpson who was ill.”
“We had an awful lot of corners and free-kicks in and around the 18-yard box but weren’t capitalising on those opportunities so i brought Mitch Chapman on to give us more of a threat and it worked perfectly. He attacked the ball and that’s what I wanted to see.”
“The penalty Burgess Hill was awarded was very fortuitous. Had that been at the other end of the pitch I don’t think it gets given. The home crowd’s cries and shouts had an influence on the referee’s call. The ball was fired at Giorgio [Russo] from close-range and his arm wasn’t in an unnatural position so that was disappointing to see.”
“At the end of the day, over the course of a season you win some and you lose some. In general I was very pleased at the players’ reaction following on from Saturday’s frustrating defeat against Cray Valley.”
“I was pleased with the endeavour and work-rate of my players, as well as the quality of the performance. The only disappointment is coming away with a point instead of three on the night.”
“That said, it’s of course another point in the right direction and now we have to prepare for a super tough game against Haywards Heath on Saturday.”