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Craig Edwards interview

9 months ago By Kingstonian FC

Jamie Cutteridge spoke tonight with K's manager Craig Edwards.

On the FA Cup win against Shoreham…
“I was very disappointed with the performance. I said to them that there was only two ways Shoreham would have a chance – either ill-discipline or complacency, and we were complacent. We’re not playing well enough to be complacent against anyone. Teams play above themselves when they’ve got something to hold on to, and we gave them that. Toby Little and Paul Rodgers made mistakes they wouldn’t have made in a league game. And then in the second half I was even less happy with the performance we just banged long balls up to the strikers – that’s something we’ve never said that we wanted to. We didn’t have the cutting edge that you’d expect us to have against an inferior side.”

On drawing Brackley Town in the next round…
“We’ve pulled out arguably the toughest draw we could possibly get at this stage. They’re the overwhelming favourites. Their record this year is superb, they’re top of the Conference North, they got to the second round of the FA Cup and beat Gillingham last year and reached the quarter final of the FA Trophy. Their pedigree is superb. I’m told they’ve got a big budget and top quality players. It will be a difficult day for us, but I hope we’ll play without fear and have a go. Who knows? That might be the day we start showing what we’re looking for.”

On the season so far…
“We’ve been pretty poor. Every side I’ve ever managed has had loads of goals in them, and that’s not the case with us at the moment. We’re not creating bundles of chances and we’re not taking the ones we do create. We’re far enough into the season to say enough is enough and do something about it. We went a long way to fixing our defensive problems by adding Claudiu [Vilcu] who’s been excellent, but it is time for a bit of a reshuffle going forward. I don’t want to be an also-ran, I don’t want to be mid-table, I want to be up there. Having said all that, we’re six games in, two points off the playoffs and still in every cup competition. Whilst I’m disappointed, there’s a lot better to come.”

On changes to the squad…
“I’m not one for knee-jerk reactions or wholesale changes, but we’re six games in and as an attacking force we’ve not been good enough. Our strikers have scored one goal in six games. We’ve currently got three seven-day approaches out, we had a friendly against Cheshunt this week and brought in several boys we wanted to have a look at and some of them will be involved on Saturday, and there’s a good chance that one or two of them will start. We’ve got Evan Green coming in this week who played 80 minutes for Gibraltar against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the weekend and I’m delighted that our most consistent performer this season, Mano Gogonas has committed to us and signed a contract.”

On injured players…
“I was delighted Sapps [Ricky Sappleton] was back this week. He played 20 minutes and scored twice; in the last friendly he scored a hat trick in an hour, so he’s scored five in 80 minutes! He is someone who will take his chances. [Aaron] Goode also came back and it’s great to have him back – he’s an important character and a leader on and off the pitch.

On this weekend’s games against Lowestoft Town and Met Police…
“The way the league is at the moment, I think we’d stand as a good a chance to beat Billericay or anyone else at the top of the league than we do against these two. We’ve got to be more consistent and we’re looking for a big improvement from the boys. But after last weekend, we’ve won two on the bounce and it’s important we keep that run going.”

Updated 09:47 - 7 Sep 2017 by Kingstonian FC

Where next?

K's sign two more Tom Collins and Jerome Federico available for selection tomorrow.
Cheshunt friendly last night plus three players released K's visited Theobalds Lane to play the Ambers and won 4-2.

Sat 14 Jul
First Team Weymouth
Friendly 15:00
Tue 17 Jul
First Team Slough Town
Friendly 17:45
Sat 21 Jul
First Team Hastings United
Friendly 15:00

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