Matt Longhurst Reacts to Whyteleafe Defeat - "Disappointing to Lose but There Were Still Some Positives to Take"

Matt Longhurst Reacts to Whyteleafe Defeat -

24/02/2020

Ramsgate manager Matt Longhurst has reacted to Saturday’s narrow 3-2 defeat away to Whyteleafe in the Isthmian League. 

“To concede so early in the game gave us a bit of a mountain to climb but all credit to the players for reacting well to that situation to take a 2-1 lead.” 

“But Whyteleafe’s second goal is a free header inside the box and that’s happening too often. We have to defend that situation much better.” 

“Then at half-time Ash [Miller] had to come off ill so we replaced him with Henry. He isn’t injured.”

“I felt that in the second-half we huffed and puffed a little bit. That said, we never played well enough through to the final third. The front three hardly had any service and that was because we were receiving the ball far too deep.”

“The gaps between the defence, midfield and forwards were too big and we struggled to build a foothold in the game for the second-half.”

“The third goal we conceded was us giving the ball away because we were trying to be brave but it’s unfortunately backfired. Of course, Whyteleafe still had a lot to do and it was a good finish.”

“At the end of the day, we’ve come up against a good attacking side with pace and power all over the shop and they’ve punished us for our mistakes.”  

“When you look at the overall picture, the goals we conceded need to be looked at, but equally we’ve scored two and that should usually be enough to get the win. There were still some positives to take, in particular an in-form Tom Chapman, and we have to move on to Tuesday’s game against Whitstable.” 

“We will have a number of players missing for the Kent Senior Cup match due to some being cup-tied or injured but that gives us an opportunity to look at one or two things and give some of the younger ones an opportunity to impress.”