By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
The gaffer was quick to stress that he wanted to put Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Barrow “behind us quickly” and look ahead to what the rest of the season may provide.
“We can’t affect that (the Barrow game) now but we had some good moments that I’d like to replicate tonight. Hopefully we get a good crowd behind us for the first ever National League game at Westleigh Park, Pompey season ticket holders can get in for £6 which is great for both ourselves and them.”
Reflecting on Saturday’s defeat, the gaffer felt we were unlucky to go into the break behind. “I felt we were unfortunate to go 1-0 down at the break. I felt we were the better team in the first half. I felt the second goal shock us a little bit and then we turned off for the third. We has as many chances as they did but Barrow were more clinical than us. We have to be better in both boxes, I’m not being harsh on the players it’s the first game of the season, we have plenty of games to go and we have a lot of points to play for.”
A lot of points to play for but the three up for grabs tonight could be one of the toughest to grab as Luke Garrard’s side have been touted as an outside bet for Football League promotion this season after losing in the play-off final at Wembley in May.
“Lost in the play-off final last year to Tranmere so they will be one of the fancied sides to get promotion again this year. I think they’ve done a fantastic job there as a club, we lost to them in the play-offs three years ago and consolidated and then turned into a top National League side which is something we’re aiming to emulate ourselves.”
In conclusion I asked the gaffer whether projects such as that undertaken by the likes of Boreham Wood was something we would look at for inspiration to become an established National League team. “It definitely is. We want to consolidate this year but we want to build the club behind the scenes as well as on the pitch and it takes time and finances to do so but it does show that with hard work from clubs like Boreham Wood have done that over the past 4 or 5 years and we are looking to join that group.”