MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON SLIMBRIDGE WIN
Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill was delighted with his side’s performance following a 4-0 win away at Slimbridge in the Southern League Division One South.
Two goals from second half substitute Joshua Bissett were inbetween Levi Landricombe’s opener and Jordan Harris’ closer.
Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “Delighted that we’ve come away 4-0 but any result away from home is a plus.
I knew they would want to knock it around but it’s all about us being organised and if we do what we are good at, which we showed second half, we will be a team that are hard to beat.
I’m very pleased with the performance of the lads.
We started well, we let them get back in the game and they started to get a foothold in the game and I thought they finished the first half strong.
The last 20 minutes of it was nearly all them, playing around our box.
I made a change at half time, putting a guy in the hole but it suited us and they couldn’t get in there, and they kept losing the ball and we caught them on the break a few times.”
Bissett marked his league debut with two goals, and Hill was happy with the 17-year-old’s impact.
“To be fair to Ben (Steer), he’s just come back from missing a few games, he’s been ill, and he held his hands up (at half-time) and asked me to give him another 10/15 minutes, and we were able to do that because we have the straight swap with (Joshua) Bissett.
Josh likes it on the left, and after Tuesday I said I wanted to see more of him, and I was able to chuck him straight in and to be fair the boy delivered.
He was tidy, he tracked back and won a few balls back there and also looked a threat going forward which was pleasing for us and for him on his debut.
He’s full of confidence and you can see by his finish, we knew he could do that, and you could tell by the penalty on Tuesday, he has that little bit of arrogance about him.
Fair play to the lad, he took his opportunity.”
Slimbridge were clearly a side that wanted to keep a hold of the ball, but the Exmouth press proved to be too much for them, an aspect that Hill was delighted with.
“We knew that they were going to play out from the back, but to be successful we had to go in ones and twos and frees, because if we go singularly, they play around us and pick us off.
I told them we have to go as a unit, when we are all set and there is a pressing point and if the lads can go and nick it then we can come away with it.
It is hard at any level to keep a hold of the ball for 10/20 passes and keep moving forward and we pressed them well today.
It’s massive, we were just organised.
I know people don’t always like it, they’ve got to track back, they want to go forward all the time but first and foremost you have to earn the right to play, you earn that with discipline and being organised and pockets will come, teams will run out of ideas and we will get our rewards.”
Exmouth sit in second following a superb start, but Hill refuses to let him and his team get ahead of themselves.
“All I look at is the teams at the bottom, because if they’ve lost and we’ve won, it’s more points too safety, so if they don’t win then it means we are closer to staying up.”