Sunday, March 12, 2017

We Could Have Nicked It Said Joyce

Sean Joyce has spoken to the Devon press about yesterday's goal-less draw with Hereford

"We had a game plan and we stuck to it," said the Bideford manager.

"The idea was to stay in the game as long as we can. They had a big man up front, Mike Symons, who's a local boy and has a lot of goals to him, so we had a little plan to stop him getting the ball and just see what they had with a plan B.

"Both teams had a good go at each other, trying to find a little weakness and we got a lot better in the second half – the first half there wasn't much in it but they slightly edged it. In the second half I thought we were the better team as the game became more open and, with a little bit of the rub of the green here and there, I think we could have nicked it.

"I was over the moon but, in a way, I was a little disappointed we didn't win it in the end. Don't get me wrong, they had a great chance with the last kick of the game, which was really the only time they broke us down with any quality – everything else was set pieces and throw-ins.

"They broke us down and had a great chance to score but, before that, we had a couple of good chances to nick it. I'm pleased with a point but disappointed we didn't win it because we've played them twice now and got beaten 2-1 at their place and drawn 0-0 at our place."

Joyce also commented about the trouble between rival suporters after the final whistle.

"Hereford's reputation lately is not the best but it was just handbags really," he said.

"When you look at it, nobody threw a punch, it was just a bit of verbal going on. It was a big crowd and quite a few people had a bit too much to drink, there was nothing in it, really.

"At the end of the game, we went to clap our fans, they went to clap theirs and there might have been a bit of a coming together but it's nothing worth talking about, really, when you look at it."