Clapton manager Fowell pleased with his team’s efforts against Needham Market

PUBLISHED: 09:02 04 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 04 September 2017

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell praised his team efforts despite crashing out of the FA Cup with a 3-0 defeat to Needham Market.

The Tons dominated possession in the first-half, but second-half goals from Gareth Heath, Luke Ingram and Callum Harrison ended the host’s cup ambitions at the Old Spotted Dog.

“To be honest with you I thought we were the much better team for seventy minutes, I don’t know when they scored but we could have been two or three up before they even scored,” Fowell said.

“They didn’t have one shot on goal in the first-half, we had two or three definitely two clear chances and on another day we could have gone in at half-time at 2-0.

“I’ve looked at the two chances, Greg (Akpele) only had to hit the ball anywhere else and it would have gone in.

“The downside is what I’ve told them before when you go up against higher opposition you can’t switch off, the throw came in and we switched off, it was blatantly our throw but the boys should always be switched on.”

The boss was pleased with the way his side stepped up against the Bostik Premier Division outfit and held their own.

“I can’t fault them I thought they were absolutely fantastic and they gave their all, even their manager said you were the better team and I think we were.

“There was no difference, if you came over here and asked which one was the Ryman team you wouldn’t have known that’s how well we played.

“We were very disciplined, kept our shape and worked well.”

Heath slotted home a long throw in the sixty fifth minute and Fowell believes at that point Needham showed their experience.

“I think that throw in that we thought was ours and it wasn’t, I think that killed us and hurt us and the boys let it get to them.

“We looked a bit tired, as we gave it our all for 70 minutes and I think we covered every blade of grass.

“You’re not playing against better players, but players that have played a little higher and I think the concentration level let us down after their goal.”

The manager also believes the game is something his side can build on and is confident if they perform like that they will be a force this season.

“I think if we play like that for the rest of the season we will be a very hard team to beat.”

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