Simon Wormull looked to the positives ahead of tonight’s (Tuesday) big game at Carshalton – and said it was the kind of game his Rooks side were more likely to play well in.
Wormull had just watched his men throw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to last year’s Ryman 1 North’s play-off winners Enfield Town on Saturday.
The Rooks boss kept his players on the pitch for a good quarter of an hour after the game. Meanwhile, the underdogs from North London left no one in any doubt at to just how big they thought this win was.
The Towners fans were in full voice as they laughed all to the Rook Inn (from the Terry Parris stand at the other end of the ground) but even they could not out-sing the Enfield players themselves, who could be heard partying in the visitors’ dressing room as if they’d won the very league itself.
But Wormull – never a character to stray too far from the positive if he can help it – revealed he wasn’t giving his players a public dressing down on the pitch, but merely reminding them what this league requires from them in terms of work-rate.
And he added that tonight’s game – away at an established non-league force such as Carshalton – may give his charges a better chance at showing their real potential than one at home against a team they were expected to beat.
Of the defeat and the subsequent post-match inquest, he said: “It’s just kind of an eye-opener for them (the Lewes players). That’s what they’re going to be coming up against every week.
“[We told them] ‘That’s a mediocre side that have come here and beaten you’.
“And it’s more just saying to them, ‘look, the work rate is the minimum you need to give us, because that’s all they’ve got to offer’.”
Wormull added: “Now, once our quality came through, you saw the chances we created, and things like that, and that’s what we’ve got to take from the game.
“And no one wins a league on the first weekend of the season, so it’s fine.
“And we had no injuries, which is good. Obviously Jay [Conroy] came off but he’s fine, and [Andrew] Dalhouse came off but he’s fine.
“So we’ll be fine for Tuesday night. Hopefully (we’ll have) better conditions (than Saturday’s sweltering heat) then, and – like we just said to them, (it’s) a game we’re probably expecting to be tougher, but one where we’ll play better as well.
“I think it was just one of those first games – get it out of the way, get it done. Unfortunately it was just the wrong result for us.”
Tonight’s game kicks off at 7.45pm. For details on how to reach the ground visit http://www.carshaltonathletic.co.uk/cafc2011/club_findus.asp
For satnav users, the club’s War Memorial Sports Ground venue is given as SM5 2PW.