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Saturday, August 20, 2016

We Knew It Would Be Difficult Second Half Said Long

Ian Long Before Kick-off

Alvechurch manager Ian Long was disappointed to lose at EdgarStreet this afternoon after  leading 2-0 at half-time.

"We knew it was going to be a game of two halves with the windy conditions," said Long.

"It was always going to be difficult second half.

"We asked our lads at half time to get up the pitch and try and pass the ball up the pitch and hold a high line. If you just went long it was always going to come back but we didn't really take that instruction on board which was a little bit disappointing.

"And we gave away silly free kicks so a little bit disappointed with some of the lads for that.

"2-0 up at half time, you're halfway there. Disappointed with the final score.

Alvechurch Scored First
"It was a fantastic start. Josh Sarmento had a bit of a free role behind the front man and he got the second goal - we thought that was working quite well.

"He had to do a bit too much defending for our liking but the way he broke through for the second goal was the exactly the way we sort of planned it.

"We knew Hereford are a little bit slow at the back, their achilles heal sort of thing, that was the plan and obviously we got the second goal. So we were quite chuffed with ourselves on the tactical front.

"But I knew it was going to be really tough second half."

Alvechurch had the ball in the net when Hereford were 3-2 ahead but it was disallowed.

"From where we were we couldn't tell if it was offside. That hurt a lot when 3-2 down. Typical cup game really. We might be able to tell from the television later may be."