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It won't take long to discuss the game at Eastbourne, which was completely ruined by the wind and in the end was several hours out of everyone's life that we won't get back. When we got there at 1.30 and it was blowing a gale and raining heavily I said to Ian Baird that I thought it already had 0-0 all over it, and but for an error of judgement by Aaron to give away the penalty that's how it would have finished. We did our best to get back in to it, but the conditions were the dominant factor. It was difficult to run in to the wind and get in to the Eastbourne half, and when Aaron cleared it the ball was coming back towards him. 

If anything we were disappointed that we didn't make more of playing with the wind in the first half, but every time the ball was played forwards a gust of wind would take it and blow it out of play, and both sides had trouble with it. We decided to play with the wind in the first half because we didn't know if it might drop and we'd have felt a bit silly if it had done and we hadn't taken the chance to play with it, but there were a lot of frustrated players in the dressing room at half time because they felt it was looking as though there were 22 poor players on the pitch, but in that wind even having a 3G pitch wouldn't have made any difference – in fact the pitch was a good one- and in the end it was as uninspiring as the previous three or four games, and just a difficult game to play in and watch. 

We've done a loan swap with Farnborough to let Jamie White go there while we have brought in Louie Theophanous, which gives him five games with us and gives us a chance to have a look at him, as he's a player I've always liked. We've brought in players before who have good goalscoring records, and they've either then got injured or lost form, so I hope we haven't put a jinx on Louie. Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick would probably have started on Saturday but he rolled his ankle in training on Thursday and is likely to be out for three weeks. I've been watching lots of games with a view to next season, but we've got five games left in this one and are keen to end the season on a high and send people off for the summer in a positive frame of mind. The players are low on confidence at the moment – if you're on a good run you don't think you can lose but if you're on a poor one it can be difficult to see where the next win is coming from, but some times you have to go through bad spells to appreciate the good ones, and after six successful years this one has been disappointing. Having finished second last year then been disappointing this season, we hope we can reverse that so that after a disappointing season this season we can finish high in the table again next year.



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