Hampton & Richmond Borough (away), Friendly
Tuesday 26th July, KO 7.45
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Previous columns can be found under the match report of the game to which they refer, while video interviews can be found here.

The players deserve an enormous amount of credit, not just at Gosport but particularly at Wealdstone. I did say before hand that I thought this might be the most difficult of the three away games and it proved every bit as tough as I'd expected. Maybe because it was us but they pressed us throughout the game, and although I don't think Ross had a save to make until just after we'd scored our second goal they were always at us, and it's hard to play against and I think the back five were magnificent in the face of long balls and long throw-ins. We identified Bradley Hudson-Odoi as the main threat and I thought Kevin Amankwaah played him brilliantly, and I thought Dean Beckwith and Louis John were outstanding in the middle. I'm really proud of the team tonight and it was a great three points.

I think the first ten minutes were down to playing against the slope and the fact that Wealdstone started so well. Sometimes you've got to defend well, which we did, but it's hard to get out playing up the slope, but I'd like to give credit to the opposition tonight because I think they're a decent side. 

I thought when Louis scored that originally it was Jamie Slabber because it was his type of finish, so when someone told me it was Louis it was a bit of a surprise but I thought it capped off a great performance from him. I think that at that point we probably deserved the second goal because Craig Eastmond and Craig Dundas had both had shots cleared off the line, and while it was needed I thought we'd created the better chances, because although it looked at times as though we were under pressure they didn't have that many threats.

The biggest disappointment of the night was to see Ryan Burge go off as he's been brilliant for us since he joined and was having a good game -he had a great shot just as we were getting in to the game that needed a good save, but the way his ankle came up doesn't look good.

If you'd asked me at the start of this week and I was being truthful I'd probably have said that I'd have taken six points from the three away games, but now we've got that already and have a chance to make it seven or nine. It will be a case of counting the wounded, with Ryan joining Simon Downer, Dan Fitchett, Jamie Collins and Craig McAllister on the sidelines, so it was a good decision to go with more depth in the squad for March and April, but with the injuries still coming I might have to look at doing something again, although I've only got a couple of days to do it. We are in talks to try and sign a goalkeeper so that we've got cover for Ross, so we are working hard to make sure we are covered.

The U's fans came in numbers tonight and made great noise, particularly in the second half, and they must be very proud of their team, but we're proud of them as well.It's a journey to get here on a Monday night, and to see over 100 here was fantastic so I'd like to thank them all on behalf of the players.

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