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A frustrating result

Ardley reflects on Woking draw

15 February 2020

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A frustrating result

Ardley reflects on Woking draw

15 February 2020

Neal Ardley was frustrated we didn’t take all three points from Saturday’s draw with Woking but was pleased to extend our fine home form.

Kristian Dennis’ 12th goal of the campaign earned us a share of the spoils after Max Kretzschmar had put the visitors ahead early in the second half.

And the boss thinks there were a few factors at play which kept us from recording victory.

“I think we should have won the game,” said Ardley. “If you keep missing chances you make it hard for yourselves.

“We created three or four clear-cut opportunities and we should have had a penalty at the end to seal a fantastic comeback from the boys.

“I try not to get frustrated with referees because it takes the focus off my team but it’s difficult today.

“The defender committed to a challenge on a slippery pitch, Cal Roberts lifted it over him and was through on goal.

“We’ll score the referee poorly and send the footage in, and the league will come back to us and tell us we were right but it doesn’t get us the two points we need.”

With the match played in Storm Dennis’ difficult conditions and injuries and suspensions hitting us hard, Ardley was pleased with what he saw from his side.

“We were down to the bare bones and had two playing injured but we produced some great stuff,” he said.

“The conditions were difficult but we kept trying to play our football well and some of the moves were breath-taking.

“We’ve only lost two at home and this keeps that momentum going.”

Striker Wes Thomas will miss two more matches through suspension and Alex Lacey was absent with a hip injury, and the boss updated on how we’ll combat these issues.

“We’re hoping next Saturday is a possibility for Lacey but with Pierce Bird unavailable in the FA Trophy we are looking to reinforce defensive areas,” he added.

“We also need to add up front but it’s not easy to do that.”

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