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A fine team win

Stopper reacts to victory in West Midlands

28 December 2019

Despite making a match-winning save deep into stoppage time, Sam Slocombe felt the team performance was the most important factor of our 1-0 win at Solihull Moors.

The keeper kept out Danny Wright’s acrobatic effort in the dying moments to ensure Wes Thomas’ strike earned us our fourth consecutive victory.

And, speaking after the match, Slocombe was quick to point out the importance of his team-mates in the triumph.

“The team performance was the main thing,” he said.

“It’s a very good win. We’d been missing the horrible side in recent weeks and the tempo and intensity hadn’t been there at times prior to the Chesterfield game in the FA Trophy.

“I thought we controlled things well in the first half and that’s why they looked more tired than us as the match wore on.

“Hopefully we continue that style of football and the results keep coming.”

He did enjoy the opportunity to make such a pivotal stop, though.

“It’s nice to make a save to help the lads because I spoke earlier in the season about it being frustrating not to make saves to win points,” said Slocombe.

“It was probably more instinct than anything and I was fortunate that it was close enough to me.

“It summed up our performance as a team that Kyle Wootton was there to help me out and get the ball clear.”

Slocombe paid credit to those who have come into the team over the Christmas period and feels we are hitting form at the right time.

“It’s not easy if you’re not in the team and Tom Crawford came in today and did well, and he provides other options,” he added.

“Dion Kelly-Evans has been champing at the bit and he’s been fantastic over two games in the last couple of days.

“I said towards the beginning of the season that if you’re in and around where you want to be at Christmas and then hit form for the second half it’s massive.

“That’s how you give yourselves a real opportunity and it’s nice we have that now.

“We’ll hope to continue it into the new year.”


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