MATCH REACTION: ANDY RAWLINGS ON CINDERFORD DRAW

 

Exmouth Town assistant manager Andy Rawling was disappointed that his side couldn’t take the chances they created in their 1-1 draw away at Cinderford last Saturday in the Southern League Division One South.

Jordan Harris opened the scoring after just seven minutes, but Michael Symons levelled up proceedings with a header after 25 minutes. 

Town had plenty of chances to win the game, including a penalty which was saved, but the visitors struggled to find that finishing touch required to earn all three points, 

Speaking shortly after the game, Rawlings said: “I feel very disappointed, the amount of chances we created I think that we could have scored five or six, so I feel a little bit deflated honestly, and to have a penalty, a great save from the ‘keeper, I think he went on to be man of the match.

On the plus side, we created a lot of chances, but on the downside, we didn’t take those chances we created. 

Following on from the Frome game last week, it was about carrying on where we left off.

We were relentless last week and we wanted to bring that energy into this game.

I thought we were good when we started, the tempo was good, we were on it from the first whistle and got the goal which we deserved at that point.

That was a great goal, Ace (High) whipping the ball in, great header from Jordan (Harris), disappointing to concede the goal when they weren’t really in the game.

The ball out wide, we could’ve got out there a bit quicker, and the ball is whipped in and the guy’s headed it and it’s looped underneath the bar, so that was disappointing.

I still felt confident while the game was going on that we were getting on top, that second half as well we were asking all the questions.

Football can be a cruel game, and with one chance they can score, if we had lost the game we would be even more gutted.

Because we hadn’t put the game to bed, there was always the chance for them to go up their and nick one, it has happened to us in the past but thankfully that didn’t happen to us.”

Following a slump in form, the signs of the Exmouth spirit which saw them seamlessly adapt to life in the new division, are seemingly back following two high-intensity performances.

Andy Rawlings was happy with his team’s energy, but he wants Town to build on that, going into Slimbridge next weekend. 

“We did have a bit of a slump, but I think we’ve turned it round with a victory last week and a point today.

We’ve got to build on this now, that’s two unbeaten games, hopefully we can go unbeaten in the next two games as well, so we’ve just got to build on that.

There’s not an easy game at this level, Slimbridge are a very good footballing side, but as long as we carry that energy in to this game, we can go and get the right result next week.”

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