Blue Square Bet
Published 20th February 2012
.....lack of competitive football recently and pointed out the “hunger and desire” for success in the dressing room after a comfortable home Blue Square Bet South victory over Havant & Waterlooville.
Justin Miller’s first goal for the club on 20 minutes was followed up by strikes from substitutes Ricky Modeste and Cliff Akurang after the interval as the Clarets adjusted best to the soaking, blustery conditions.
Scott Jones claimed an injury-time consolation for the visitors but the three points saw City jump to third.
Pennyfather praised his players’ focus and application in adversity, claiming: “We tried to play our stuff and two of the goals in the second half were excellent. We fought hard in the first half and it’s not always easy to play with a strong wind. People think that because you’ve got the wind behind you you’re going to have the majority of it, but you’ve got to master it. Sometimes it’s easier playing against it.
“I couldn’t have asked for any more. Wind is the worst condition for any footballer to play in and it did swirl a little bit. You can over-hit things if you try to clip things in and the wind either kills it or makes it run on. I thought when we got the ball down we were very, very good considering the time we’ve been inactive.”
Pennyfather summarised: “I thought we were excellent on Saturday. It’s always a little bit of a worry after the enforced lay-off but I thought the performance was spot-on. We’ve only managed to be on the grass once in the last three weeks - and that was Thursday - and I thought at times our passing and movement was excellent. You could see the hunger and desire in the players to get out and play football again.”