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PARKINSON | A Frustrating Afternoon

Reds' boss on a frustrating afternoon at the Racecourse

20 November 2021

Phil Parkinson revealed that frustration was the word after today’s goalless draw against Wealdstone.

It was the first time his side has failed to score so far this season, and it could have been a different story, had it not been George Wickens in the Wealdstone goal.

The standout was his point-blank save from a towering Aaron Hayden header which Wickens somehow flicked over the bar.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson said: “It’s a frustrating afternoon for us. 

“We came into today off the back of two high-scoring wins and we wanted to come here and get a convincing win in front of our home supporters, but it wasn’t to be.

“There wasn’t a lack of effort from the players, I think there was frustration built up between the players as we forced the game.

“Everyone knows how important it is to get the first goal, but we couldn’t find it today, unfortunately.

Despite failing to find the net after scoring eleven goals in their previous two games, The Red Dragons manager believes that his side still did enough to win the game.

“Even in this patchy display we still had the chances to win the game.

“I felt if we kept playing the moments would come for us, and Azza [Hayden] got a great connection on the header, and it was a point-blank save.

“Everyone was waiting for the net to bulge, and I’ll have to look back and see how good it was but it certainly looked it.

“The goal didn’t come today, and we’ll go back to the drawing board on Tuesday night.

Phil Parkinson made two changes to his matchday squad, with Rob Lainton returning to the starting line-up and Jake Hyde back in the squad for the first time since getting injured at Marine.

When discussing his return to the side, Parkinson revealed he was happy to see Hyde back available for selection.

“I’m pleased to have Jake Hyde back and he had a great chance to win us the game.

“He probably had the key moment of the second period, but it was great to have him back for those minutes.

“Games come thick and fast as we know. We had a free week this week and we go into a period where we play Saturday, Tuesday, and we’re ready for that.

Saturday’s draw means that Parkinson’s side remains unbeaten at home in the National League this season.


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