Terry Sedge Reacts: Hythe Town Performance / Controversial Officiating Decisions / Ben Binder / Injury Updates on Chapman and Gray / Sittingbourne FC
Ramsgate’s Assistant Development Coach, Terry Sedge, has reacted to Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Hythe Town.
“We were too slow out of the blocks and it took us a while to get into any sort of rhythm going during the game. That was the first problem because that invited pressure on ourselves.” He said.
“As a young and inexperienced side the players have a lot of learning to do, and that will be the moral of the story for a while. That doesn’t mean we can’t compete, that means we have to work hard on and off the pitch.”
“Our performance needs to be about throwing bodies on the line, matching or bettering the oppositions work rate and fighting for each other. Those things alone will earn us the right to compete. We didn’t do those things against Hythe Town.”
“We need to be more clinical in front of goal as well and that will bring a massive weight off of the shoulders of all the players in-game.”
Ramsgate could’ve been 2-0 up at half-time had decisions gone in the clubs favour. Wynter had an effort cleared off the line by Godmon, though replays suggested the ball was firmly over, whilst Miller had a goal chalked off for a controversial off-side decision. Thoughts on those situations?
“Maybe we were unfortunate with the two decisions, but that’s football. We need some luck but Saturday wasn’t the day for it.”
“As the famous saying goes, ‘what goes around comes around’, so hopefully we’ll benefit back sooner or later down the line over the course of the long season.”
“We’ll see what happens. There’s no point crying over spilt milk, we need to move on.”
Debutant Ben Binder received ‘Ram of the Match’ for his performance on the weekend, but what did you make of him?
“Ben looked really assured when on the ball for a young lad, and I thought he was impressive. He’s going to learn a lot as he’ll be getting regular game time with us all the while he’s here.”
“He looked good alongside Rob Saunders at the back, they seemed to have a decent understanding together and I know Rob, as one of the more senior pro’s in the team, will encourage Ben to improve.”
Any injury updates on Ollie Gray and Tom Chapman?
“I reckon Ollie is not too far away, maybe a couple more weeks with his hamstring injury. We certainly won’t rush him back because, especially with a hamstring injury, it’s important to be careful and responsible.”
“On Tom, he saw the consultant quite recently and they weren’t completely happy with the way the bones in his wrist had mended. You can probably rule out a January return but onwards from there could be a realistic return date. We will know more in a few weeks.”
Ramsgate now prepare for an away trip to Sittingbourne on 28th December and will look to bounce back.
“We had a good chat with the players after the game and I think they have taken on board what’s been said.”
“Hopefully we will have a complete performance next week and then we will try and build on it from there.”
“Until then, I wish all Ramsgate fans a very merry christmas from myself, Jason, Joe and the players.”