Day: I’m delighted for my players

Speaking after this afternoon’s 2-1 away win at Staines Town, a delighted Farnborough Manager Spencer Day told BBC Surrey’s Clive Howse, “We could have been three up by half time. We just weren’t ruthless enough in their penalty box.

“Their keeper [Jack Turner] had pulled off at least a couple of fantastic saves and we’re one-nil down through a direct ball that we’ve not dealt with, given away the penalty and I don’t think there’s anybody in the stadium that could begrudge us of the three points.


Day, who’s side propelled up to 10th place with the win, explained, “I thought, overall, we played some fantastic football, it was relentless in the second half; they were clearing them [chances] off the line, we hit the bar, the keeper’s pulled off save after save and you just start to think it’s not not going to be your day, it’s one of those.

“But credit to my boys, yet again, we’re very young and we took a few chances; we went to three at the back and we just bombarded them and played some great football and thoroughly deserved the three points that we got and [am] delighted with the mini break that we have because of the FA Cup.

Day added, “It was pretty relentless almost from start to finish and I think [that] if we had won by three or four there wouldn’t have been any complaints but it is one of those days, you’ve got to be ruthless at both ends and we weren’t ruthless enough until right at the death.

“Give us credit for the patience, credit for the squad coming on putting on extra players to try and get us over the line because on another day we would have come off absolutely gutted to have got a point never mind the three.

“Yet again we’ve just kept on going and the chances eventually you just think something’s got to happen and it did and we thoroughly the three points and I’m delighted for them [my players] .

“It’s a good experience for them against a good Staines side and we kept them down to literally two or three attempts the whole game and with the quality they’ve got upfront and we’ll now look forward to facing Brackley away next week.

Stevenage loanee Fejiri Okenabirhie was also praised for his contribution to the win, Day said, “Fejiri’s on a season loan from Stevenage, he’s a striker/winger, he’s doing very well, he’s obviously full time training, he’s a young lad, he’s started the last few games and he’s getting better and better as he gets use to this level of football. And obviously the Staines pitch was in fantastic nick and the game was seen as an opportunity to play well.

“We did focus that they were missing one of their players that was playing right back and we got at the young right back and gave him a tough time.

“We also gave their captain [a tough time], I thought [Dan] Bennett was superb and a constant threat down the otherside, so it’s just another of our youngsters that’s doing really really well and we’re very grateful to Stevenage. We’re having to beg, borrow and steal players from clubs.

“[I am] delighted for all of them [the team] that it was our best footballing performance today, [I am] not sure it was our best performance of the season, but it was definitely our best footballing performance and rightfully we got the three points in the end.”

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