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City look to build on Bath victory
1:26pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
CHELMSFORD City manager Dean Holdsworth paid an enormous tribute to “the testament of our players and coaching staff” after they turned around their recent form to secure three precious Skrill South points with a 1-0 victory over Bath City.
The Clarets, who were in low spirits having suffered disappointing league defeats and an FA Cup exit, turned the corner at Melbourne Stadium last Saturday as a Rob Edmans goal lifted them up the table and raised morale around the club.
“The players have been criticised and they’ve responded,” Dean said.
“It could have been a victory by a lot more goals because we hit the woodwork four or five times.
“We created a lot of chances and if we’d have won by a bigger margin nobody would have been surprised.
“Our team showed fantastic character and we’ll put in a lot more performances like that if we all stick together.
“The win was a huge compliment to the testament of our players and coaching staff.
“The players who took part really enjoyed it. There was a feeling at half time that we’d go on and finish the job and everyone was so determined to keep a clean sheet.
“They’re so important because, although we know we can score goals, we’ve won the two games where we’ve kept clean sheets.
“There’s still a long way to go and I’m delighted with the confidence which is flowing around the dressing room.”
On the 41st-minute dismissal of Bath’s Aaron Brown, he added: “The incident was in the other half so it was difficult for me to see.
“It didn’t look so bad from what I could see but the referee was a lot closer and he had a decision to make.”
With no game this weekend, Chelmsford now have a period where they can take stock ahead of the visit of Eastbourne Borough on Saturday, October 19.
Holdsworth is looking forward to a spell on the training ground and fine-tuning his team for future success.
“We’ll get the players in for training and it’s crucial that we generate an environment where they can come in and enjoy it.
“We’ll get them doing the right things and there will be a combination of fitness and technical elements.
“Some of the players also have injuries, so we’ll be monitoring them as well.”
He’s also excited about the Clarets’ overall prospects, concluding: “We want to get to a situation where business off the pitch helps to support us to be competitive on the pitch in the future.
“The real reward this season is to stay in the Conference South. We all want success, so we need local businesses and the people of Chelmsford to really get behind the club.”
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