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Smiles Back On Clarets Faces

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Chelmsford City manager Rod Stringer was delighted with his side after they made an emphatic return to Vanarama National League South winning ways with a 5-1 victory over Eastbourne Borough at the Melbourne Stadium on Saturday.

Chris Dickson impressively hit four of the goals, while new capture Louie Theophanous also found the net as the Clarets bounced back from a frustrating home defeat at the hands of Maidenhead United, leaving the City boss in a buoyant mood: “It doesn’t get any better than that. We scored some good goals, Dickson was particularly clinical. It was also good to see Louie score on his debut. He took his goal really well. He came off the bench after an hour and fitted straight into the side. It was a great finish which was very pleasing.

“I don’t think we were quite as fluent as I would have liked us to have been, but that was mainly due to the bobbly pitch which didn’t really allow free-flowing football. We had to play quick football and manage the ball well. It was going astray a loot during the opening half so we told them at the break to concentrate on keeping possession. I thought if we got that aspect right, the chances would come, and so it proved.”

Stringer continued: “I didn’t think that Eastbourne troubled us too much. However, the pitch was a bit of a leveller, so perhaps more reason to be pleased with the result, especially as we struggled to get our build-up play right in those early stages. We tweaked the system and went a little more direct and it paid dividends as we repeated the 5-1 win that we recorded at their place back in September.

“All I care about at the moment is getting the three points. I don’t care how we get them or how well we play. However, it is nice when you can win with an expansive brand of football, that’s what makes managers really happy.

“It’s all about digging deep and getting over the line at the moment. That’s what we have continually done.”

Understandably, the Clarets chief was keen to focus firmly on the positives: “Dicko has scored four incredible goals and hit the post too. It’s great to see him bringing his experience to the table as well as a few goals, which has been a real bonus.

“It was a good day at the office, a good three points which puts us in the play-off places. We have put a little bit of pressure on the teams above us and sent out a message to those below us too.

“Everyone was disappointed last Monday, but a week is a long time in football. We brought Louie in on Friday then won 5-1 on Saturday and all the smiles are back on the players and supporters faces”.

Brian Jeeves


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