Witton Albion – Chris Stammers Post-Match Interview

First team manager Chris Stammers spoke to us following his sides 3-1 defeat away at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League team Witton Albion FC.

The match finished 3-1 so not the result you would have wanted, what are your thoughts on the performance?

First 15-20 minutes of the first half they had a lot of the ball and they played very direct with a lot of balls over the top. We’ve got a young team who are still learning to play together so I think this period in the game was really challenging for them. As the half went on the lads started to play a bit more and relaxed into the game, created a few good chances and could have scored just before half time. Second half we were a lot more comfortable on the ball and played some really nice football.

In pre-season, without the pressure of points on the line are performances as important as results?

I’ve said this before I don’t like to lose, the lads are the same. But we’re trying to coach the lads to play the right way and sometimes we may not get the result that we deserve for our efforts but if we carry on doing what we’re doing we will improve. In pre-season it’s important that the fans can see our efforts and are enjoying watching the lads play football and develop a style.

Do you feel unlucky to have not come away with more than one goal today?

I do yes. Of course we got the penalty in the end but we could have had one in the first half as well. On a whole, there really were a lot of chances for both sides with a few clearances off the line and it honestly could have been 7-7 in the end.

Witton could have had more than 3 as you say, how much of that was down to the performances of the defence and goalkeepers?

Well I think that highlights the desire and character shown by all the lads to not be beaten. On the defence, we’ve had another new face come in today; Declan and he really grew into the game. Declan Hill is only 19 so he’s another young hungry player we’ve added to the squad. Along with the right back Liam Murray who’s 17 and Dylan Sweeney playing on the opposite flank is only 22. Chris Anderson also, he’s slotted in next to Declan at centre half and he’s done well today.

Following from that, in previous interviews you’ve mentioned building a young squad, do you see your ambitions becoming realised with these players?

Yes I said when I became manager that we were going to have a group within the squad of exciting young players that the fans can get behind. Although the result didn’t go our way today there were plenty of good performances from the young lads that gives me a lot to be excited about.

 

Many thanks to Chris for his time after the match. We look ahead now to our final pre-season game Saturday 29th July away to Coppull United FC.

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