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Saturday 25th February, KO 3.00
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The game at Braintree was a mirror image of too many of our away games this season, and there's no hiding away from that. I think we deserved more from the game - they've had one shot at goal and we've had a number of chances, but that's all part and parcel of the game, and with everything in the package we didn't do enough to win. 

We had three or four chances in the first half and three or four more good chances in the second, but taking those chances is an important part of the game and it's very disappointing that we haven't come away with anything. Not wishing to be light-hearted about it, but maybe we're holding back the good away win for the next couple of weeks, when we've got some massive away games coming up. 

With the team selection tonight there was a feeling that we had to take care over those who are near a suspension, although a couple of them had knocks and might not have played anyway, but we had a side out there that ought to have been good enough to win the game. On chances we should have done, but there were other areas of the game which we'll keep in-house which weren't good enough, and you get beaten away as often as we have this season by co-incidence. 

The Matt Tubbs shot in the last few minutes that hit the post summed up the season away from home and was unlucky as he hit the target, but there were other chances that went begging before that where we should have done better. We've pointed that out, and to be fair the players who have missed those chances have held their hands up and said that they should have done better, so we're under no illusions that had we taken the chances  and been brighter at the start we would have got something from the game. We did get an encouraging hour from Jeffrey Monakana, though, and he will add something to the group, although he's still got some fitness work to do. 

We'll have to have a good sit down and chat on Thursday about who's feeling tired, who's carrying knocks and who's close to suspension, but it's an important game with a place in the last 16 at stake. We want to get through to that stage, but we also want to be in the best position to acquit ourselves well at Wimbledon on Tuesday, but I think we'll be looking at the Worthing game first, taking care of that, and worry about next Tuesday after that.                                   



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