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Sol: "It Could Be A Huge Point"

25 March 2019

Sol was in reflective mood following Saturday's two-all draw against Stevenage, with the manager admitting that Danny Whitaker’s late strike made the result feel like a win - although also conceding that we could well have been out of sight by half time with the chances we created.

“I think, this time we really should have been out of sight goal wise, particularly in the first half.

“Yes, we had the chances where the ball didn’t bounce for us but I think we could have done better in a few situations and we could quite easily have been two up.

“It’s hard, you know, because you can see it there and then it slips away and then a set play it’s one-all.

“We were thinking about going into the changing room at 1 - 0 but suddenly it’s 1 - 1 and my team talk changes.”

The manager spoke of a ruthless streak that the team must try and develop in order to secure results when we are dominating games for large periods.

“We started really well, but we have got to kind of kill teams off. We have got to be more ruthless because we haven’t got the luxury to let chances slip away.

“We are where we are, and other teams higher up can afford to let things go, but we can’t; we just haven’t got the space to.

“In the second half, we played to their strengths they got their second goal but then it’s fantastic for Danny Whitaker to come on and get score the goal being a club legend and the draw does almost feel like a win.”

Despite salvaging a point, Sol was stated that he wants his side to be more clinical in front of goal -

I was shouting the same [for the players to shoot] and trying to move my feet as well!

“Yes, maybe the ball didn’t always bounce right for them, but sometimes you have got to get your shot off.

“I said to them, I don’t care if it goes to the corner flag, that’s fine, but take the shot because in the end it’s petered out and nothing has happened.

“So, I would rather you just take the shot on and see what happens and go for it, if it’s on your weaker foot, go for it. You don’t have to make sure everything is perfect, we don’t need the perfect goal.

“I said to them, this is the situation now, it could be a shank that goes in and makes a difference, that’s the case now.

“We are not in a situation where we have got the points in the bag and are sitting in mid table, we have got to go for it and also believe in ourselves that we can do it.”

The manager was also quick to praise Elliott Durrell, who has given us more options up front since his return from injury.

“I think Elliott played really well, obviously he is probably getting a bit tired towards the back end of the game, but he had some really good touches.

“His one touch passes nearly came off for Harry a couple of times and then he stood up and took his goal really well, so yeah, he is getting fitter and fitter and I can see the benefits of him playing.”

The boss was also keen to praise Danny Whitaker for his impact and influence on the team and on the game.

“Yeah, he took the finish really well, and he was lively, he kept the ball really well. It’s nice to see him out there, obviously a club legend as well.

“He knows what it means, of course the other lads know the situation we are in, but he really knows the situation and hats off to him for an excellent goal to dig us out of a hole and get us a draw. It was fantastic really.

“So, that could be a huge point for us going forward, a huge point.”

Looking forward, Sol admitted that Lincoln away next weekend would be a tough test but insisted that the team will do everything to fight for a result.

“It’s tough because in the last few weeks we have played the top three teams. It’s tough, you know, it’s not easy at all. Usually these games are stretched out, so that is hard.

“They will be favourites for sure, but we will assess it, we still have to go for it when we play these teams and these games in such a small space of time.”

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