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We were very pleased with the performance and result at Bishop's Stortford, and I think it was a payback for some of our recent games where we've played very well without reward. It's a difficult place to go, but I thought we dominated from start to finish and it was a very good away win.
We knew with the weather forecast that it would be wet and windy and the pitch would probably be muddy and horrible, so we thought the conditions were perfect for Craig Dundas and we went with a big strong front two and decided to play a bit longer than usual. It worked well, because we were able to pick up the seconds.
I thought Stuart Fleetwood was the best player on the pitch in the first half and it was typical of his luck that after a great run his shot hit the underside of the bar and the post, but thankfully this time Dundo was able to get to the rebound and it was a very good finish. If you're not going to score goals then at least you can provide the assists, and Stuart was excellent in the first half, although he ran out of steam a bit later in the game.
He and Dundo might have scored before half time, and Jamie Collins had gone close as well, so when Ross Stearn did score just before the end I don't think it was any more than we deserved. Ross had come on at half time for Tom Bolarinwa, who had had a fitness test before the game and felt he was OK, but it was clear from the first half that he was struggling as it wasn't a typical Tom Bolarinwa performance. Ross did well when he came on and as usual got two or three shots in, and again his finish for the goal was clever after an excellent move involving Craig McAllister and Tommy Wright.
It rounded off a great away performance, and apart from Fleets I thought that Craig Eastmond and Jamie Collins were outstanding - I don't think Jamie lost a header all afternoon. We left Bedsi Gomis on the bench,partly because we're still a bit concerned about his toe but also after what had happened in Paris on Friday. He had been on the phone a lot on Friday night and Saturday morning checking that friends and family were OK, and I felt it was the right thing to do to have him as a substitute. Events like that really put football in to perspective and the people in Paris are in our thoughts - it was very sobering watching it unfold on Friday.
Our away form has been excellent this season with good wins at places like Havant, Bath and Weston, and we need to be able to repeat that form at home. Next Saturday's return game with Havant should be a cracker. I saw them at Oxford on Tuesday and having brought in two decent loan signings and having beaten Oxford and Maidenhead in consecutive games they are in a decent run of form, so it should be a great game in front of a big crowd.
The vocal support on Saturday was brilliant with encouragement from all round the ground, and I was amazed how many people made the trip given what the weather was like. The players really appreciated it, and all I would wish is that the supporters who stand together at away games also stand together at home games and create a similar sort of atmosphere.