Matt Longhurst Reacts to East Grinstead Victory - "We Can't Run Before we Can Walk, so Let's Enjoy the Result and Get Back to Work on Tuesday in Preparation for Three Bridges"

Matt Longhurst Reacts to East Grinstead Victory -

27/01/2020

Matt Longhurst has reacted to Saturday’s emphatic 3-2 victory away to East Grinstead in the Isthmian League. 

“It’s a great win that I believe was fully deserved having controlled the game for long periods.

“We started the game brightly and were pretty good in possession but we were also a little bit too open in midfield for my liking. I knew that could be the case with the departure of Bode.

“That meant Toby [Bancroft] has had to play in midfield and we were perhaps too lightweight off the ball. The club have just signed James Morrish and he will be able to help us in that area; that’s a big plus.

“We found ourselves 0-1 up but the transitions in the first-half cost us both goals and to go into half-time 2-1 down was difficult.

“I said to the players that if they continued the game in the same vein and kept trying to move East Grinstead around, we felt we’d be fitter than them and dominate.

“We limited them to pretty much just counter-attacks, which they did well at in fairness, but we nullified that to a degree and got our rewards late on.

“The one criticism I would have when we equalised was that the players became nervous and it was end to end stuff which I didn’t like one bit!

“However, with East Grinstead pushing for a goal, we countered in the last minute. It was a great pass from Tyrell [Mitford] and a great goal from [Ashley] Miller.

“That was Tyrell’s first league game under me and he was superb. Aaron Simpson was excellent at full-back, as was Harrison Pont. Will Thomas did well. Phil Starkey needs more game time but he grew into the match and his experience is key.

“Jude Arthurs was good. Toby adjusted well to a different position than he’s used to and then of course the man of the match - Harry Norman - was magnificent in midfield. The entire squad impressed, actually.

“Over the course of the 90 minutes I think we deserved to win and obviously it’s a big one for us. It has been a decent week - two wins and seven goals. We’ll keep pushing ourselves.

“We can’t run before we can walk, so let’s enjoy the result and then get back to work on Tuesday in preparation for Three Bridges.”