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Sol: "It's A Massive Ten Days For Us Now"

1 April 2019

Sol was keen to emphasise the importance of the confidence that Saturday’s draw with Lincoln will give us as we look forward to a crucial ten-day period which has the potential to define our season.

“I think, for us, it is not only just a point – it is also the confidence that it will give the lads. We had to fight really hard and we had to play some good football as well.

“Obviously, they are a top side and they will probably win the league, and we have come here, and we have got a point.

“Yes, they have had some chances, but we have had some chances as well. I think the main thing for us is the confidence that the point will give us. Yes, it is a good point for us, but also it is the confidence.”

Scott Wilson came into the side and netted as he replaced Harry Smith, with the Manager confirming that this was due to injury rather than any tactical reasons.

“Harry tweaked his right hamstring, so hopefully it won’t be too bad, but we will see how it is over the week.

"But Scott has come in and he has scored a goal, he keeps on scoring – it’s quite nice! – but Harry should hopefully be able to recover from his tweaked hamstring.

“I think for Scott, coming in and scoring the goal is always good. It is always good to have a forward like him to come off the bench or start the game.

“I think he is fresher now compared to say three weeks ago when he was a bit tired. But I thought that he looked strong, a bit faded at the end, that’s why I needed to look about getting some more endurance up top because he had run his legs off, he was unbelievable really, he was everywhere, and I am pleased for him.

“He has come on and has scored a lot of goals, and I am pleased for him that he has nicked another one.

The Manager also talked through both of the goals from an attacking and defensive perspective as well as the impact of the pitch on the game; and whilst he was happy with the build up play for our opener, he was left frustrated at the nature of Lincoln’s equaliser.

“It was fantastic [the opening goal], that is what it is all about, good inter-passing, we got a little flick on as well at the same time, and Willo was in the right spot in the middle of the goal and it was a great connection and a great goal for him – it was fantastic.

“We have then lost the ball in their half and they have gone on the break and gained the free-kick just outside the box. We have got to be aware of those counter-attacks and snuff them out before they get to our box.

“They are the home team and they are very good in possession, but there were times where we were in possession as well – so for me, that was pleasing to see. Obviously, it’s a great pitch, we love to play on these types of pitches and that helps. A good pitch helps as well to keep the ball.

“So, I think the lads really enjoyed playing the game today, it is one of the best pitches in the league and certainly one of the best pitches I have come across since I have been here.”

Despite his frustrations at the equaliser, Sol still praised the effort and commitment from our defensive unit for their valiant defensive display.

“The lads at the back have played monster performances, all the guys. I am not going to say which, but one of them was almost not playing today and that shows his will.

“The whole back three, or back five, were incredible. They were trojans out there, getting their bodies on the line and at the same time, when they have time, passing the ball.

“That should give them a lot of confidence, not over confidence, but confidence that we can match the top teams, we have just got to really get our heads right, prepare mentally and we have just got to keep it going.”

Looking forward, Sol again spoke of the confidence factor that this result will give the team going into the business end of the campaign.

“It is a point, but it gives us more confidence.

“We have got seven cup finals all the way now. We have got to prepare right. Rest our bodies and minds. Get that energy back into the system and go for the wins on the weekend and the following Tuesday.

“We are confident, but we have got to work hard. Earn the right to play, earn the right to win.

“No one is going to give us points, so we are going to have to fight tooth and nail for every point. Today will give us confidence, because the lads played really, really well today.

“It’s a massive ten days for us now.”


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