Gary looks back and forward

Greensnet Editor
Wed 08 Oct 2014, 09:00

Gary McCann has reflected on the wins over Lewes and Barking and is now focusing on the FA Cup tie at Dorchester on Saturday.

His satisfaction at the victory over Lewes was tempered by the disappointment at the injury suffered by Casey Maclaren, "I feel really sorry for Casey. He has had so many injury disappointments in his Hendon career."

"Casey has suffered shoulder ligament damage, and was due to see a consultant today, and is likely to need surgery meaning that he will be out of action for at least six weeks.

"We are in a really good place at the moment, and we worked hard to get the winner. In truth, we maybe didn't deserve to win but we continued to apply pressure and got our reward.

"We weren't at our best on Saturday, and two or three players worked through fatigue. But it speaks volumes for them for their willingness to put in the effort again.

"Recent performances also played a part in the win. As I have shared, when you have played as well as we have in recent games, you can earn your luck. But there was no luck in the goal; it was brilliant cross and a superb header.

"I was pleased with the way we defended on Saturday especially in the second half. The back four was nice and solid and the goal they scored came from a wonderful strike.

"I have been stressing to the players that the more we keep winning the more we will be putting pressure on the top two."

Gary was satisfied with the progression in the London Senior Cup on Monday evening, "We did more than enough to win. But full credit to Barking, they made it hard for us. They are flying at the moment and it showed in the way they played. A number of teams we have played this season gave us less trouble than Barking did.

"I was very pleased with the individuals who got the minutes they needed under their belts, and they all contributed to the win.

"We could have have won by many more, but we kept trying to score the perfect goal. If we had tried to score before that last pass, which was often not quite right, it would have been better."

And then, looking ahead to the forthcoming FA Cup tie at Dorchester Gary said, "We are going there to win the game, not to look for a draw.

"We have had them watched and we know they are making changes after replacing their manager last month. It showed in their excellent performance last weekend against Dunstable, who are third in the table. We know it will be a tough game.

"The rewards and goals in the FA Cup are there for all to see. Form is thrown out of the window in cup-ties such as this and we will go to Dorset fully prepared and ready for the game.

"Everybody all knows how important an FA Cup run is for this and every club at our level and we have enjoyed our success in the competition in recent years."