After the Clarets 2-1 away win over Bath City, I spoke to Clarets manager Rod Stringer about his thoughts and about the importance of the fans.
Third game done, third victory and a first away win over Bath in 13 years. How do you feel?
As you say, people tell me about how long we’ve done this and done that. But listen, they are little accolades but I just wanted to get the 3 points today and we did. They (Bath) are too good of a side to have conceded as many as they have in their first 2 games. They’re decent, the two boys who came in today, Marvin and McCootie, they are handfuls for this level. Not a lot of centre backs will want to play against them, they are strong and have pace. They also have Watkins who compliments them as well. To be fair it was a tough game, we went one nil down very early on, should have had an equaliser but the linesman overruled it but there was nothing wrong with it and their keeper came out the box and handled it which on the day could’ve been another thing which could have helped us win the game a bit earlier. Very pleased, credit to the boys they played well today. We had to change the shape yet again, we bought Barny (Lee Barnard) on and one or two other things and we managed to get the win which is a great feeling as it was a tough game.
You mentioned changes made and you bought on Jonny Giles again and yet again he has done well hasn’t he?
Yeah, Jonny’s a class player. He’s got a lot of quality and he came in late with us so you have to try to be fair with a lot of these lads that have been with us all preseason, Jonny came in at the last knockings so, he will get his chance. He has shown us what he can do, he’s got great ability, great delivery and good feet. I think that the bench at the minute is helping us to win these games, we’ve got Lee Barnard who come on and although he didn’t win the penalty today, he executed it well enough. That’s two in two for him and we may shift things around for Monday. This is a tough place, but you can see the quality we have outside the squad and on the bench. Look at Churchy today struggling with a hamstring issue and done his usual bit and played through the pain barrier for us. I’d have liked us to have been better with the ball today but this was a battle and although the pitch looks nice, it is quite dry and it probably didn’t suit us too much. Bottom line is we managed to get the 3 points.
The Chelmsford fans travelled in good numbers today and it is a long way to come today especially during the summer holidays and second half especially, they made themselves heard and got behind the lads.
Ever since I walked through the door they have been fantastic. This is a long way to come and for them to be leaving their house at half eight/nine o’clock in the morning and it is a long journey home and if we can send them home and they’re happy and we always thank them for their support because it was worth coming today, we got the 3 points and it will make the journey home happier. No doubt there will be some beers opened tonight and we will see them all on Monday.