Brian Caffarey - 27th November 2007
I spoke earlier this (Tuesday) evening to Frank to get an update for Thursday night?s game at home to Ebbsfleet United.
We talked first about Saturday?s 2-0 defeat at Torquay United. ?I was very disappointed with the result, of course. We knew that we were up against it, travelling to a side with their home record, but the referee?s decision to send Marvin Morgan off was a real blow. We appealed against the decision but the appeal has been rejected, so Marvin is suspended for three games starting with Thursday?s match.? Frank added: ?I thought that we started reasonably well against Torquay and we were well in the game until we let in a sloppy goal. We were caught out by the keeper?s huge kick. We should have played further up the pitch, as we did a few minutes later, then their forwards would have been caught offside. But, even when we were 1-0 down, I thought that we were in with a good chance, bearing in mind that we were playing against a gale force wind which would be in our favour in the second half. But the sending-off made our task so much more difficult, and in practice we didn?t create anything after that.? Frank said that he had been planning to bring off Goma Lambu before Torquay?s goal but he didn?t think that it would have made any difference. I also asked Frank about his selection of Adam Green instead of Danny Bunce on the left side of defence: ?I thought Adam had played well at Kidderminster?, Frank explained. ?Adam had waited patiently for his chance and I think when someone does that and plays well, it?s right to give them another chance to show what they can do.?
I asked Frank if he felt under pressure in the light of our failure to record a win in the last eight games. ?Not at all?, Frank responded. ?There?s still half a season to go and a lot to play for. We are working hard to put things right.? I suggested that he would surely be looking to bring in new players in the January transfer window. ?We probably won?t be able to do that unless we get some help from other clubs?, Frank replied. ?The alternative would be to do some wheeling and dealing, with some players leaving. But I think it?s too soon to decide that: there are quite a few games to go before then.?
I asked Frank for his reaction to the FA Trophy draw away at Hemel Hempstead Town. ?It?s not going to be easy, obviously?, Frank said. ?They?re top of their league, although they?ve played a few more games than some of the teams below them, and they?ll be full of confidence. It?s a big game for them but it?s a big game for us too and we?ll be looking to do well. There?s three weeks to go before the tie, so we?ll be having a good look at Hemel before then.?
We turned to Thursday night?s game against Ebbsfleet. Frank confirmed that he had no injury worries, so would have a full squad to choose from, with the exception of Marvin Morgan. Frank half conceded that there would be extra pressure on the team playing at home but emphasised that he didn?t want to put the players under great pressure: ?I want them to relax and enjoy their football. Yes, there?s pressure, but we?ve simply got to cope with that. Ebbsfleet have been doing well, so I?m sure that they will give us a hard game.?
I asked Frank, finally, if he could clarify David Shin?s position. Frank confirmed that David was no longer at the Club, saying that he understood that David needed to sort out various personal/family problems. The Club was in the process of cancelling his registration but Frank emphasised that he would be welcome to train with the Club again once he had resolved his current problems.
27 November 2007