MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON PAULTON DEFEAT

Kevin Hill reflected on a frustrating afternoon as Exmouth Town were beaten 1-0 by Paulton Rovers at the First 4 Pools Stadium in the Southern League Division One South. 

A Will Hailston strike seperated the two sides, as Town struggled to get going and create chances in the wet and heavy conditions.

Speaking shortly after the match, Exmouth Town manager Kevin Hill said: “I thought the lads dug in, it was a great finish from the lad.

To be fair, with the conditions, the gameplan was working to a tee, I may have been a bit late and honest in making my own substitutions late on in the game but that’s part and parcel.

They changed it a little bit at first, but we stuck in the game, come back and had a go second half in the last 10/20 minutes.

They looked dangerous on set pieces in the first half, the way it was going for us, I was quite delighted really.

It’s a tough place to come, they are on a winning streak and in those conditions, but I can’t really fault the lads.

You know what it’s like with the conditions, it’s heavy.

We are slow starting, so I set us up a little bit differently just to settle and stay in, then of course we are going to open up, left it a little bit too late.

To be honest I didn’t think they would score from open play, to be fair to him, he cut in on his left, and he’s bent it round and put it in the corner.

We had the chance at the end, we had a couple chances in the first half with Aarron (Denny), just our final ball, if we could sort our final ball out, we’d be different.”

Having made three changes, Hill was happy with the attitude his players showed in a game that didn’t quite go their way.

“Second half was a little bit down the slope, windy, I thought the lads done well at the back in the second half.

They did well all over, we competed, we got stuck in, but the conditions were heavy for both sides, and it took a bit of brilliance to win it.

I can come away knowing they put a shift in and dug in, I can take that.

I want to win, but you are going to learn a lot more sometimes about your players in defeat, we had three lads come in today, who haven’t had a lot of minutes in a while, and they started today.

We had to freshen it up, because we have looked leggy in the last month, probably because I’m flogging the same horses every week.”

Exmouth will next be in action on Saturday as they welcome Larkhall Athletic to the Circle of Care Community Stadium.

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