Date: 2nd January 2014 at 9:58pm
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Wayne Burnett has hailed the team after they gave us a winning start to 2014.

It wasn’t a fantastic end to 2013 with the results we were picking up but thankfully a one nil win over Wimbledon built nicely onto the draw we picked up against Chesterfield and everybody will be hoping we can kick on from here and get ourselves back into some good form and a run of victories.

Speaking to the press following the match, Burnett was obviously disappointed to see us end the game with ten men following the dismissal of Lawson D’Ath for a second bookable offence, but equally he was delighted to see us hold on to our early goal and take all three points.

‘I thought our group were absolutely fantastic. They worked incredibly hard, showed great character, desire and I was absolutely delighted.’

The gaffer goes on to say that he’s under no illusions that it wasn’t a great performance, but we were missing a few key players and he felt the team dug in well and tried to play when they could, and he thought the goal especially was a good piece of play for the team.

Whilst he concedes that Wimbledon were also good value during the game and looked dangerous, he did feel that we could’ve maybe added a second or even a third given the chances we had, but we achieved our aim for the day which was all three points and he’s satisfied with that.

Darren Currie, as usual, also gave his thoughts to the Official Site as he believed it was a ‘fantastic defensive performance’ on the day, but he did admit that the game was more evenly split that he would’ve liked.

‘The team done fantastic, I think we were by far the better team up until the goal, then they started to impose their game on us and pin us back. The back four/five were absolutely fantastic.’

As for the sending off, Currie says he felt the conditions more than played their part in the game because when a pitch is slippy and a player can cover a few extra yards in a tackle, they are always tempted into challenges they wouldn’t normally make and whereas mostly it comes off and looks good to the fans, he felt D’Ath was unlucky in that it didn’t, and his second challenge especially probably looked far worse than it actually was – but ultimately that’s where you have to try and keep your head in weather like this and not take one risk too many.

As for the sending off of Burnett, Currie says they got frustrated with the decisions of the referee in the first half and it just spilt over when he threw the bottle against the dug out, but that just shows the passion that the manager has to win games as well.