12:00am, Wed 10th Oct 2007
I spoke to Frank Gray earlier this afternoon to get his reactions to last night?s game.
I think we?re beginning to learn that Frank is someone who adopts a very measured response to most situations, good or bad, so he wasn?t about to indulge in superlatives or start making grand claims for his side. ?It was a good performance?, was his first reaction, ?probably the best this season over the full 90 minutes?. I suggested that we had been a bit shaky to begin with but Frank didn?t really see it that way: ?I?ve watched the video of the game. We started quite well. You expect to come under pressure when you?re the away side visiting a team at the top of the table. We got caught out for their goal. It was a quick throw-out from their keeper and then, in two moves, the ball was in the back of the net. We should have defended the move better, admittedly, but we fought back well. Nick Gindre had very few saves to make and over the game as a whole we created just as many chances as they did, if not more.?
I mentioned that Matt Ruby must have been particularly thrilled at his goal. Frank agreed, adding that ?Matt is a good defender who?s played exceptionally well in the last two or three games. It?s very pleasing to have more options at the back and to have more competition for places.?
Frank thought that last night?s game would have provided a boost for the team?s confidence and for the confidence of some individuals: ?We came to a top side and more than held our own. For some players this was probably the first occasion on which they?d played in front of a 3,000 crowd in a big game. They will know now that they can play as well as the top sides in this league: we?ve now got to build on that and do it again.? Frank added how pleased he was with the support given by Cards fans last night and with their appreciation of the team?s efforts at the end.
Frank is not aware of any new injuries resulting from last night?s game.
Frank went on to confirm that David Shin?s loan is simply to give him some first team games and that he continues to believe that David has got a bright future at Woking.
There is no further news on the possible extension of Paul Hakim?s loan.
10 October 2007