Burnett Pleased With Torquay Response
Following on from the disappointment in our last game against Portsmouth, manager Wayne Burnett had demanded a response and he was pretty pleased with the response the players gave him in our one nil victory over Torquay United on Good Friday.
A Medy Elito penalty in the second half gave us our first win at Torquay, and it was much needed given how other results had got away from us in recent weeks, and of course it wasn't just the three points that were welcomed, the performance was as well for the gaffer as he spoke to the press at full time.
'The players knew they didn't play well last week and they gave a real response and am proud of every one of them. We have to keep going right to the very end. I said to the players that we have to respect the other teams who are either fighting for promotion or fighting off relegation.'
Of course the players had to be professional because Torquay were scrapping for their lives, and the loss to us means they can be mathematically relegated now on Easter Monday and it would've been easy for the players to have let such thoughts creep in and affect our performance, but the gaffer was pleased to see that didn't happen because he feels it was a very even game really and Torquay certainly proved to be as tough as he thought they would be given the relative positions.
With that said, he felt they were most likely going to take advantage from a set piece as the game went on, but he didn't feel the really troubled our six yard box or Lewington really - even though they did have more chances on and off target than we did, along with more possession.
For us it was about keeping tight, and keeping sharp, and even though they had the ball making sure they couldn't do anything overly important with it.
Now hopefully we can replicate that ourselves and have a good finish to the campaign as we see out our final three matches of 2013-14.
Chesterfield on Monday, followed by Northampton and then Cheltenham and whilst we should have no fears of looking behind us with the gap, and how ever unlikely it might be as we would have to win all three left and then hope for slip ups, the aim has to be trying to sneak the play off spots and just finishing as high as we can now, but there has been growth this season in the club and we have to hope that continues next term.