MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON BISHOPS CLEEVE DEFEAT
Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill gave an honest reflection on his side’s 2-1 defeat at home to Bishops Cleeve in the Southern League Division One South.
A George Box brace either side of a Levi Landricombe goal gave the away side all three points at the Circle of Care Community Stadium.
Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said: “Like anybody, I don’t like losing at home.
We’ve had a decent home record for years but fairplay to Bishops Cleeve, they deserved it.
They were tidy, they moved the ball well and if I’m being honest, they could have beat us by more.
I’m angry with my lot, they way we set up and do things, what we have been about over the years, we are a hard-working team but I feel that some complacency has set in, and I’ve been saying over the past few weeks, if we are not on it and one or two players slack off, then we will get found out.
Today was a lesson learned, and credit to Bishops Cleeve, we weren’t great on the day but that was partly down to how they played.
I know my players, we are a quiet team and we’ve got that sort of start in us, where we don’t just come out swinging from the start.
We have to drum it into them, we are a team that has to be on the front foot, press at the right time, if it’s not on then drop off.
We know we aren’t going to have more of the ball then the other teams, that’s not really how we’ve been for the past four years, we’ve virtually kept the same team over the last couple of years, so when we deviate from the plan or have one or two who don’t press the right areas, we will get found out.
It goes to show they can’t rock up and expect to just win, ambling through the warm-up and switching off, you train how you play and if people think they can get away with not giving 100%, you get found out.
It looked like some of my lads were struggling today, not talking but that’s football, and again credit to Bishops Cleeve, they passed and moved the ball while we didn’t string three passes together.
It was a bad day at the office, but I’ll take that and move on.”
Exmouth have enjoyed an excellent start to life in the Southern League Division One South, and while a defeat is never good, Hill is looking at the bigger picture and recognises how good his team have been so far this season.
“I can’t take too much away from the boys, they have been excellent this year, coming into an unknown league, the first time we’ve been in this league, with the same group of players we have had for the last 2/3 years, with a few additions along the way.
Our main aim is to stay in the league, and if those teams at the bottom keep losing then that’s great for us, because I don’t want to drop back into that league, we want to stay at this level.
We will naturally drop off, but if we can hang around in this top six, then that would be a brilliant season.”