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Jay’s Friday Briefing

Jay Saunders by David Couldridge 2022-23

“An away game could suit us right now”

Tonbridge visit sixth placed St Albans in search of our first win of 2023

Jay said:  "I've been really impressed with the bits I've watched.  They've changed a bit since Ian Allinson left and Nobes has gone in there.  He's changed the way they play, and their formation, and they're playing some good stuff.  We know we're in for a tough afternoon but there aren't easy games, I keep saying it.

"They've got good players, you have to be aware of Jeffers, but it's not about him, you do your homework.  Don't get me wrong, if you keep him quiet it goes a long way to having a more successful afternoon but they've got good players we have to be aware of.

"There's probably a bit less pressure on us away from home after the few home games where we've had a few bad results, it's not a bad thing to be away, and hopefully we can get a good result."

On team news, Ruben Soares-Junior and Tommie Fagg got through the full 90 minutes in Tuesday's friendly with Faversham, so will we see changes to our starting eleven?

"I've been trying to bring one or two in, but it hasn't happened, so there might have been a couple of changes.  I made the boys aware, we can't keep dropping points.  I don't think Faggy and Ruben are really ready for 90 minutes, the friendlies are all well and good but it's a different pace of football but if I think they're right we'll start them.  I'll probably call one of the academy boys up, Hayden (Velvick) has been doing well, but the squad otherwise stays as it is."

Jay also addressed any speculation of a return to the vacant manager's position at Maidstone United.

"If I had a pound for everyone who's asked that!   It's natural when you've been successful at a club.  I'm enjoying my time at Tonbridge, I've had no contact, and I don't expect to either."

Published Friday 13th January 2023