Matt Longhurst: The Buck Stops With Me
As the manager of Ramsgate Football Club I cannot accept what we served up for you as supporters on Saturday and class it as anywhere close to where we need to be.
Chipstead were better than us across the pitch. They were brighter from set pieces and more aggressive in tackles and with headers and they were also braver on the ball.
It is not often I can say that about one of my teams but you have to be honest with yourself as a manager, to the players as a group and to you all as supporters.
Away from the pitch the whole day was fantastic for Ramsgate Football Club. The level of support and the engagement from the youth section was brilliant. The opening of The RAMCAGE Arena and the new sponsors lounge went brilliantly. There was a real community feel amongst the supporters and it was great to see the transformation off the pitch which shows how far we have come as a club. The one thing that didn’t match this was the level of performance on the pitch.
The only finger I point is at myself as the manager. We had Rory Smith and Ashley Miller missing, who are big players, we missed a penalty and now Roman Campbell is now inured for a large chunk, if not all, of the season, but ultimately the buck stops with me and so it should. We will all take the plaudits when we win and play well but we have to take the negative comments and opinions when we don’t.
Saturday was one where we have to look strongly at ourselves in the mirror which starts and ends with me. We have a good group of lads but Saturday was far from good enough. This is now an important week leading into a very tough game away at Chichester City in five days time.
I would like to take the opportunity to wish Chipstead all the best in the next round and thank you all our supporters for coming out yesterday. We want you all to bring the same level of support to the next home game and my job in turn is to get a performance from the team that matches the off the field work, the effort, the desire and quality from everybody at Ramsgate Football Club.