MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON WESTBURY DRAW
Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill reflected on a tough afternoon at the Circle of Care Community Stadium as they were held to a goalless draw by a firm Westbury United side.
Both sides struggled to create many clear-cut chances in a game that lacked quality, with two strong defences cancelling each other out.
Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “I am disappointed, usually at home we are very strong, but we do have this sort of performance in us.
I’m not happy with the performance, but the lads are punching above their weight, we’ve done really well and had a great start, way better than what was expected.
So, we’ve got to take in all of the context, as well as give credit to Westbury, they are a bit like ourselves.
What I didn’t like about today was our lack of fight and spirit and cleverness, we just looked lethargic today, and I think we ran out of ideas.
Usually, we are on top of teams, but for some reason today we weren’t and unfortunately, we do have that in us.
The only plus for me is that we’ve come out at 0-0 and we didn’t concede.”
Despite a few half-chances in the game, the hosts could not get going in an attacking sense, which frustrated Hill.
“What I didn’t like today was that we didn’t really look like scoring, even when we got into good positions, or when we hit it forward, it wasn’t a decent ball, it wasn’t in an area, we lacked quality.
“We aren’t a nasty side to each other, which is in some respects good, but when we are on the pitch, you cannot wait for it to happen, and I’ve been in the game long enough to see it happen.
Today, when we got the ball forward, it may be quick but there was a simple pass on, we panicked or rushed it, and no one around them was telling them ‘time’ or ‘man on’, we were just too gung-ho today.
We were slightly better in the second half, we originally set up 4-4-2, and we wanted to get (Aaron) Denny on the ball so we went 4-3-3 to try and make it happen.
It just didn’t quite go for us, the movement wasn’t great and the front three stayed static, we couldn’t really get the ball up.
I think sometimes we wait for moments of quality, instead of making it happen.
Some days it does work out, and we are unplayable but then we have games like today so we can be a bit ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.”
Despite not being the best performance offensively, Hill was keen to point out that it was another strong defensive performance, making it four home games with only one goal conceded.
“The positive is that the lads put their bodies on the line, turned it over and that has got us the clean sheet.
Days where we haven’t played well, I look back on that and think ‘I’ll take the point’, if we had drew 0-0 with Evesham and won today we’d all be buzzing.
10 points out of four home games, I can’t complain.”
Hill’s side will be in action this Tuesday as they travel to Newton Abbot Spurs in the Bayside Graphics Devon ST Luke’s Bowl.