Matt Longhurst Reacts to Faversham Victory - "There was a Gulf in Class Between Ourselves and Faversham"
Matt Longhurst has reacted to Saturday’s 3-0 victory against Faversham Town in the Isthmian League.
“I thought we played the conditions very well in the first-half. I knew we’d have to play out from the back and we did that - we controlled the game.”
“Jude Arthurs scored an excellent goal and it was pleasing to see because it was something we had worked on in training during the week.”
“Then in the second-half we decided to go a little bit longer in our passing to cause them plenty of problems and force them on the back foot.”
“We got ourselves an early second-half goal just like against Whitehawk and we were able to dictate from that point onwards.”
“The front three were absolutely superb throughout. They had plenty of the ball and if we do that it causes the opposition problems.”
“Kane [Rowland] nipped the game in the bud with his goal and topped off a brilliant performance all-round.”
The performance and result showcased Ramsgate’s transformation in recent weeks and Longhurst echoed that point.
“Certainly over the last couple of weeks we’ve shown that we are a top side. We should have beaten Whitehawk the other week and they are vying for promotion this season. In my opinion, Whitehawk are, if not the best side in the league, there or thereabouts. But we settled for a point.”
“Then against Whyteleafe I felt we were a little unfortunate whilst also appreciating the fact they put in a good display themselves and I have to credit them for that.”
“Maybe we let ourselves down on Tuesday night against Whitstable, but this was the perfect response and we’ve bounced back as any good side would.”
“On Saturday we faced a side who are in and around us in the league table but it never looked like that. I personally thought there was a gulf in class between ourselves and Faversham. Our progress is pleasing.”
The Rams boss has challenged his players to gain some consistency as the club takes on promotion-chasers Cray Valley next week.
“At the end of the day we can’t run before we can walk. Whilst we have only lost once in the league in our last four or so matches matches, we haven’t been clinical enough at times to go on a winning run. There’s been a few draws and it’s about becoming ruthless and turning those into victories.”
“The weekend result was massive for us as far as the table is concerned and we’ve put ourselves in a strong position now but it’s important to take it game by game.”
“I understand the need for consistency because if you aren’t you’ll only get sucked back in. Our target is of course to win as many games as possible and it doesn’t get any easier next week.”