09:47AM, Thursday 16 February 2017
There was frustration for Dean Inman after Saturday’s defeat at Hemel Hempstead Town, but also a firm understanding that the Magpies’ title hopes are very much still in their own hands.
United were caught out twice by the Tudors, as Charlie Sheringham and Jake Robinson fired the home side into a 2-0 lead.
Dave Tarpey swept home a late free-kick, another to add to his personal collection of wonder goals, but it was too little, too late to salvage a point.
Having watched the highlights back on FC Video, Inman admitted he was at fault for the second of the Tudors goals, but he said he and the side would look to rectify the things that went wrong at home to Whitehawk on Saturday, and again against Eastbourne at York Road on Tuesday night.
“I think we could have been one or two goals up before they scored,” said Inman.
“We missed a few chances but from our point of view the goals we conceded showed our defending wasn’t really up to its usual standard.
“Because the goals are now being filmed I’ve watched it back and now see I could have stepped up for the second goal, but everything happens so quickly when you’re playing.
“You can watch and look to make positive changes and that’s what we’ll be looking to do on Saturday.”
Win on Saturday and again on Tuesday night and the Magpies will once again hold a lead at the top of the National League South. That’s the challenge for Dean and his teammates but he knows the points will have to be earned.
“It’s still in our hands with our game in hand,” he said. “We’ve now got two games at home where we can put things right from last Saturday.
“Teams know they’re not going to get an easy game when they come to our place because we have this never-say-die attitude. We never know when we’re beaten.
“Even on Saturday, when we were 2-0 down with five minutes to play, we almost came back to get a point and I still think we had a perfectly good goal ruled out.
“On Saturday we’ll hopefully take our chances at the right end and keep them out at the other.”
Inman added: “I’ve played against Whitehawk a few times and on paper they look like they should be higher than their league position. They’ve got good players who know how to play in this league and we’ll go into the game with the mindset that this is a top-of-the-table clash.
"The gaffer wouldn’t let us look at it any differently and our focus is on getting the three points,” he added.
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