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Even though the result went against us, there were positives in the performance at Boreham Wood in terms of the possession we had and the way we played against a team at the top of the table, and the difference between the teams was two set pieces, one of which we didn't mark even though people had their numbers, and the other was a worldy free kick that would grace the Premier League. We've got no complaints, because if you don't mark you're asking for trouble, but we're generally pleased with the performance after a hard game on Saturday.
Apart from the goal in the first half we were quite happy with the way we'd played as the away side. I don't think Aaron had much to do, which gives an indication that we handled them reasonably well, and we felt we had a nailed on penalty just before half time when Dan Fitchett was almost strangled, and little things like that make a difference, because at 1-1 and with the wind in our favour in the second half it would have changed the game, but as it was they were able to sit in at 1-0 and then scored a brilliant free kick.
We've got to be careful with Damian Scannell with his hamstring problems, and having played well on Saturday he didn't feel he was quite ready to start today so we put him on the bench with the aim of giving him 25 minutes to half an hour in the second half, and unfortunately we were just waiting to bring him on when they scored their second goal.
Micky Spillane passed a fitness test before the game and I see him as a central midfielder all day long, so I want to see him alongside Glen Southam for the rest of this season and see what happens, as it's a case of looking at a few things now with a view to next season. Shaun Cooper won't have been harmed by having an extra week's training before being able to return next Saturday, but everyone came through today which was good.
We changed the diamond in the second half because we felt we were too narrow and weren't getting width in to the game, but even after that we didn't get the ball to Ricky Wellard quickly enough once he was on, and if anything Dale saw more of the ball on the left, which might be due to the strange slope on the pitch. We wanted to get him and Dan Wishart in down the sides, but if you look at it generally we didn't do enough going forward.
Having seen both Bromley and Boreham Wood in the last month they're very different teams. You're never quite sure what you're going to get with Bromley, they can be very good but they've drawn 4-4 with a side near the bottom today, while Boreham Wood are very functional, they play 4-4-2, they're well organised and you know if they get in front against you it's going to be difficult, and in Angol and Morias they've got a good front two. I think if both sides had a similar run in I'd give Boreham Wood the edge, but with Bromley having the game in hand and two home games to come they've probably just got the advantage over the other challenging sides.