Exmouth Town boss speaks about the Plymstock win and this weekend’s big home cup tie
15:20 30 October 2012
Our regular weekly chat with Exmouth Towmn bsos Richard Pears. This week he talks about the win over Plysmtock United and the forthcoming Devon Premeir Cup tie with Totnres and Dartington as well as taking a look at the bigger picture at the club. He also explains why he is so keen to train on the Southern Road turf.
Exmouth Town boss Richard Pears was really pleased with the outcome of his sides meeting with Plymstock United.
Pre-match the Southern Road chief had warned that the visiting side would pitch up and look to make life mighty hard for the hosts and that was precisely how the game panned out. Pears said: “I know a factor was that we missed chances, but you know I was delighted come full time because, on a day when we were not at our best, we played well enough, and in certain areas we were very good. But in other areas of our game it was poor. The key problem being what I considered poor selection of passes and delivery, in particular when we got ourselves into some very promising situations. That said what really pleased me was that we showed we have real nous and the ability to dig deep and win matches when we are not at our collective best and that is an ingredient that all successful teams need, the ability to win even when the performance is under-par.”
The Town chief continued: “I was really pleased with the effort and determination, to a player, that we showed against Plymstock. I certainly learnt even more about this set of players as I recognised that each of them clearly does have the desire to be a success. That’s going to be so important over the remainder of the season, a really inherent desire throughout the team that, even when things are not going our way, there’s a will, to make it right, make it work! As for the way we finally got the goal, it was a piece of brilliance from the otherwise outstanding Lloyd Gardner and then of course the master himself in the six-yard box, Phil (Everett), who I had moved up field from a left back berth late on to see if he could find the break through goal – and he did.”
There was another individual player singled out by the Town boss, who said: “Danny (Jones) put a great shift in. I had been keen to get him playing as of course he’d been sat watching for a couple of weeks with being cup tied, so it was nice to get him into the side and straight away he showed what he can add for us. His contribution ticked all the boxes.”
Pears then said: “What I am delighted to be doing this week is having a training session on the Southern Road pitch. Mind you it’s very much thanks to the club and particularly the groundsman, because I do feel it is very important that we prepare for matches, some times, when weather permits, on the same turf we then play the games on, on a Saturday afternoon. I am keen this week to work on a number of situations that arose in the game last Saturday so that, as and when they pop up again, we will, make the correct decisions!”
On the match this Saturday with Totnes and Dartington for a place in the last 16 of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup, Pears says: “It’s a home cup tie against a side we know all about. The other side of that is of course that they (Totnes and Dartington) also know all there is to know about my team. For me this game is all about what we do as a unit. If we take on board the things we got wrong against Plymstock then I am sure we will be okay. However, if we have not taken it on board and we are in any shape or form complacent given that we are unbeaten and the visitors have not had the best of times on the road so far this season, then we will get turned over. The Devon Premier Cup is a trophy I feel we can be looking seriously at winning and so I am looking for us to make a statement about our intent with this competition. That means getting the job done as early as possible, and as clinically as possible.”
Totnes are without a win on their Eastern Division travels since a 4-0 success at bottom of the table Sidmouth Town on August 25, and the only other away game they have returned from for anything to show for their efforts was an opening day 2-2 draw at Exeter University. More recently they have lost 4-2 at Stoke Gabriel, been beaten 3-2 at Appledore and, most recently, last Saturday they went down 4-3 at Alphington.
Pears has only one player in the Southern Road treatment room with Kerry Butler still side lined with a thigh problem. Other than that it’s a case of a clean bill of health with Danny Jones set to keep his place as he is not cup tied for the Devon Premier Cup.
Pears says; “I am looking for the team to now take on even greater self belief, even a touch of arrogance as I want teams to pitch up at Southern Road and feel they are beaten even before they get out on the park. We need to be looking to make it fortress Southern Road. We have the players in the dressing room to achieve that, now it’s a case of the belief shining through. One thing I am keen for the players to get used to, be that individually and collectively, is learning to live with the status of everybody wanting to be the first team to beat us. That’s a pressure that has built as a result of this team doing well and the new pressure is that label of being the team everybody wants to see lose. I am confident that my team can carry that burden. I am looking forward to more success with this group of players.”