Quinton disappointed with Welling loss
Quinton disappointed with Welling loss

Brad Quinton’s Welling United revival was halted with a home defeat against a well organised Slough Town team.

The first half was pretty even but although Slough were the stronger team after the interval, it was the way that Welling conceded that really concerned Quinton. He said “Disappointed that we gave away a penalty like that. We shouldn’t be beaten by one ball over the top like that. We’re out of position and given away a handball when we shouldn’t be in that position.”

However, Quinton didn’t want that to detract from how well his defence have been playing since he took over. “The back four that I’ve got have been doing fantastically for me.” said Quinton. “When we’re defending they’ve been standing up and heading the ball and clearing the ball when they need to.

“Again we’ve defended throw after throw after throw in our box and corner after corner after corner and we’ve given away a penalty when we’re out of possession.”

Welling certainly played their part in the first half but didn’t create as many chances as Quinton would have liked. “I think that we were getting in between the lines. I think our final ball crossing across the face of goal wasn’t the best. Maybe we could have gone on another five, ten yards into the box. We spoke about that at half time.

“We had chances. The possession was good. It didn’t fall for us. Cam (James) got his goal and we went in at one one so we tried to confident going against a team who are second in the league.”

Slough were stronger after the break and had a lot more of the possession. Quinton said “They have to go for the game. They have to win in their eyes. You’ve got to look at where they are in the league, they want to get promoted etc., but we defended well. We dealt with crosses in the box and throw ins, and you’re going to get that at this level. It wasn’t to be and I’m just disappointed that we lost to a goal like that. It’s a downer.”

Now, Quinton will be looking for a quick bounce back. “You learn a bit about the players by how they react.” he said “It’s important that we carry on with what we’re doing and we keep plugging away and keep working really hard.

“If we need to be really honest with ourselves, yes, we’ve given away a point today and it hurts me to say it’s a mistake but we didn’t really hurt them as much as we did in the first half and whether that’s possession or whether we’re giving the ball away too sloppily, I’ll look at the video and analyse where people should be and people weren’t. Collectively, we’ll go again and we’re looking forward to Tuesday night (when Welling visit Hampton and Richmond Borough).”

On the personnel front Quinton said “Greenie (Nathan Green) was back. He was fit. Connor Dymond was suspended, he has been doing really well so it was like for like. Connor’s had ten bookings, two games that he misses, so he’s going to be available again for the following week.

“The other two boys (Che Krabbendam and Phil Roberts) I thought they had been doing well in training and looking at the opposition, at what we could do to exploit the game, it worked at points in the first half.”

Gavin McCallum wasn’t included in the sixteen but Quinton confirmed that it was not due to injury. “We spoke to Gav.” he explained. “There’s nothing wrong with what Gav’s done. It was a tactical decision for the team.”

There was also some good news concerning Rob Swaine. Quinton said “He was running today so hopefully he’ll be back. Whether he’s selected on Tuesday or Saturday, we’ll see. We’ll look at it with the physios. Possibly, he needs a bit more training but we’ll see where he is with that.”

Picture supplied by Dave Budden.