Samuel: ‘I think we were struggling in the final third
Samuel: ‘I think we were struggling in the final third

Jordan Samuel was delighted that Welling Town picked up the three points in a hard fought win over Rochester United on Saturday afternoon.

The Welling Town winger was speaking after the one-nil victory which means they are seven points clear at the top of the Southern Counties East Football League First Division.

Samuel does believe that they made harder work of getting the win than they probably should have done.

He said: “Definitely, I think we were struggling in the final third today, defensively we were sound. I think it hasn’t quite clicked in the final third, there were a few crosses that people weren’t on the end of.

“There were a few poor corners, especially the first half. I don’t think we took advantage of our final product.”

“I don’t think the boys are struggling with nerves or confidence, I think sometimes you get games like that where teams are quite dogged and sometimes it doesn’t quite go your way and there is no cutting edge. The effort was there and I think we were just unlucky.”

Rochester United got a penalty early on and there were questions as to whether it was a penalty or not, but it wasn’t something that Jordan could shed any further light on.

He added: “I didn’t actually see it, nothing was said, I was talking to Jack and he had a feeling that he was going to go that side. I think I got quite lucky, I was standing on the line and outside the box and when the penalty was take the guy actually beat me to the ball, but I think he went a lot earlier than what he should have done.

“We could have been punished as well on the rebound, and I would have had to take the fault for that. Jack is the penalty specialist and saves penalties often.”

Samuel was in agreement with his manager Louis Dean that Welling Town didn’t really get going until about the hour mark in the game.

He said: “I think we had a little spell at the end of the first half where I think we penned them in, then in the second half we came out with the right intentions.

“We started quite sharp, but when Browny came on I definitely noticed the difference, getting on it and spraying it left right and centre, it was a joy to play. I think he settled us down almost.”

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