We caught up with Dan Brownlie following yesterday’s dramatic win away at Ashford Town FC courtesy of a last minute winner from Academy star Lloyd Snell.
“For all our good play in the first half, we managed to made hard work of it in the second – we were disappointed with their second goal as it’s something we’d spoken about during the week. That said, to show the level of resolve, not crack under the pressure and disappointment of an equaliser and to then go on have the steady head to win it says a lot about this group. A draw would have felt like a loss, so I’m pleased we rolled the dice in pressing for a third but it’s all credit to the lads for staying calm and continuing to play in the right way to get the result. I’d have rather been out of sight and seen the game out, but for the changing room and learned experience – it’s a great way to win it.”
“It was Aaron’s [Nicholson] initial idea to bring on Lloydy at that late stage, and I’m so glad we did. He noticed the full back starting to back off McKoy because he’d run him ragged for 85 minutes, so the fresh legs of Lloyd could exploit it. We’re fortunate that it worked out! A lot of credit must also go to Dave Ambler who did us a brilliant and detailed report on Ashford last week which helped with our preparations no end. There is a real club effort at the moment, with good people doing lots of good things.”
“It was a good day in the end, particularly with Scotty getting 90 under his belt, Reidy getting further game time, Conor & McKoy staying sharp in front of goal. Even the subtle move in Brad’s position aided us late on. Of course, plenty to work on, but two away wins in four days is a great way to end our October run of fixtures.”
Basingstoke now have a short break but they return to action against Staines (a) on 2nd November.