08:00AM, Saturday 07 October 2017
ZERO points and zero goals from this week’s games against Longlevens and Royal Wootton Bassett would suggest it’s been a difficult week for Windsor, but manager Mick Woodham said the players must stick their chest out and go again.
The Royalists boss had very few complaints about Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Longlevens at Stag Meadow, but felt the referee spoiled Tuesday’s test against Bassett when he sent off striker Barry Hayles. The hosts went on to lose what was a very evenly matched game 1-0, and Woodham said they must now dust themselves down and move on.
While he said that he couldn’t see why Hayles had received his second yellow card of the evening, he admitted the side must look at themselves after not scoring in two matches.
“We didn’t deserve anything from Saturday,” said Woodham. “It was a bit of a strange one because we had plenty of possession and a measure of control on the game because of conceding two avoidable goals just before half-time.
“We’re then pushing on to get back into it in the second half and they get their third and it was game over. But taking nothing away from the opposition, they did a job on us and we couldn’t match them on the day. I’ve no real complaints about it.”
While Woodham doesn’t necessarily think his side would have beaten Bassett had Hayles stayed on the field, he is confident they’d have been good enough for a point.
“The sending off changes the game,” he said. “It had been a good game. Both teams were cancelling each other out and it was 0-0. Then Barry gets a second yellow card and nobody, including the opposition, can see what it was for.
“I don’t think we’d have forced a win if he’d stayed on. Neither team were really doing enough to win the game, even though we’d had a couple of chances in the first half. But after the sending off it was backs to the wall for us and they had one man over at the far post to score from a free-kick.
“A draw would have been the fair result though.”
The manager doesn’t think he’ll have any problem getting the players up for today’s (Saturday) match at manager-less Highmoor Ibis in the League Cup.
“That won’t be a hard thing,” he said. “We’ll play a lot worse than we did last night and beat teams. I told them to get up and stick their chests out.”
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