Hastings United boss praises '˜a good night at the office'
Hastings United Football Club manager Chris Agutter said his team played '˜really well' in Tuesday night's 5-0 win at home to Herne Bay.
He said: “I thought we played really well. We just asked the players pre-match replicate what we did on Sunday because despite losing, I thought we were excellent against a very, very good side.
“We just said to the players make sure we replicate the same sort of level in terms of tempo and quality, and we won’t go far wrong.
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“I’m really pleased with that because I can remember last season we were notoriously slow starters, whereas now we’re out of the blocks quick and I think once we’ve got that first goal, we’re a difficult team to beat.
“The only criticism really was we probably weren’t as clinical (as they could’ve been). I think we probably could’ve been four or 5-0 up at half time.
“It was a great start, great win. At times in the first half it was a bit box-to-box, end-to-end, great for the neutral, a bit similar to the Greenwich Borough first half (Hastings won 4-0 at home to Greenwich on October 30) I thought where they had a couple of opportunities on the break.
“Again we made a couple of changes at half time positionally and to be fair second half they didn’t really carry a threat at all on the counter so it was a good night at the office.”
Agutter particularly enjoyed the fifth goal, scored by Lanre Azeez.
He added: “It was a great goal, probably the best goal that we’ve scored since I’ve been manager actually. The pass from Hass (Ibrahim) was outrageous, it was a different level, and Lanre tucked it away brilliantly.
“I think Lanre’s been outstanding since he’s come to the club. I don’t think people appreciate off the ball he works so hard, he’s a real box-to-box winger, does a lot of good defensive work as well as going forward and thoroughly deserved his goal.”