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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Exmouth Town boss Richard Pears reveals his thoughts after the Galmpton success.
We caught up with Town boss Richard Pears after the dust had settled on another excellent afternoon for his side.
First up we asked him for his thoughts on the 7-1 triumph over Galmpton.
Pears said: “That was comfortably the best the team have played this season, particularly in the second half when I thought they were magnificent. Hand on heart I’d say at least eight of the ten outfield players put in their best shift of the season so far individually and when you get that sort of number on top of their games at the same time you get the sort of score line we produced against a very good side on Saturday afternoon.
He continued: “Make no mistake about it. They (Galmpton) arrived at Southern Road determined to do a number on us. I had seen them prior to our game and I was always considering that they were going to be a real threat to us. I’d go as far as to say that they are currently the best side we have faced this season so far. Their manager (Steve Parkin) told me afterwards that they had come to be the first team to beat us, that was their master plan but our performance simply blew them away. I though the first half was pretty close and was delighted that we got in at the break 3-1 up. I felt that slightly flattered us. However, at half time I asked the players to go out and show me the ruthless streak that I had previously wondered if we had in our locker and I saw it full-on throughout the second 45 minutes. Indeed, within 90 seconds of the re-start they’d scored twice more and killed the game off. We played some superb stuff. The passing was crisp, the movement, on and off the ball, was very good and the goal scoring was clinical. As a manger you cannot ask for much more.”
On the Dan Boere four goal haul, the Town boss said: “Dan (Boere) knows I want more of that from him. He’s a very accomplished player and, with the ability to score goals of that quality and number from a midfield berth it’s a huge asset to have in our armoury. I am looking for more of the same from him now.”
Pears went on: “I told the players after the game that that was the standard I wanted and they had shown, against the best side we have faced this term so far, that they are not just capable of showing glimpses of that level, but actually playing it for a full 45 minutes. The games are coming thick and fast, but I’d have it no other way. Every game is like a cup final, as was shown to us with the Galmpton approach on Saturday. It’s clear that everybody wants to be that first team to end our record and so we need to be mindful of that no matter what the opposition. That said I am not going to be worrying about what other teams may or may not have in their lockers between now and the end of the season. Far from it for I have both faith and confidence in my lads to now serve up the sort of display we saw against Galmpton week in and week out an dif we do that then this wonderful season so far will, end up being a truly memorable one.”
The Town boss did reveal one thing about his post match chat, he said: “I consciously kept them back an extra ten minutes in the dressing room after the game as I was keen for us not to get carried away and keep our feet on the ground in view of the big games to come – starting with the cup tie this Saturday coming. I then said to the lads that in my book they had earned the right to go and have a drink post match!”
Pears then spoke about the remainder of the season: “With almost a third still to go there’s a lot of football to be played and we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. I have been trying to install into the lads the fact that we need to understand as a unit that every game is a challenge and each game that the run continues makes the next challenge that bit greater. Good sides relish such challenges for the very fact that they are a target simply because they are considered to be a good team - and that’s what this current Exmouth Town side is.”