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McKimm takes positives despite defeat to Concord

The Angels boss reacts to the 3-2 defeat at Longmead on Saturday

In spite of the disappointing result, Steve McKimm was keen to credit his Tonbridge Angels team for their performance in the 3-2 defeat by Concord Rangers at Longmead on Saturday afternoon.

The result was a harsh one on McKimm’s side, who dominated much of the game and looked well-placed to go on and grab a winner before two untimely slips allowed Concord to land the sucker-punch late on.

I think we played very well today,” said McKimm, speaking after the game. “I thought that an error cost us, but saying that we could have put the game to bed.

“We’ve ended up with no points after a good performance, a rallying performance, and some good football.”

The defeat puts an end to the Angels’ four-match unbeaten streak in the league, but McKimm believes his side were deserving of much more on Saturday.

“They’ve got to come off there disappointed because we didn’t get anything out of the game,” he said. “Even a draw, I think the boys would have been disappointed. Concord are a good side – that’s why they’re up where they are – but I thought we took the game to them, on the front foot all the time. Like we did to Dorking last week, we stopped them doing what they’re good at – and that’s moving the ball about the pitch.”

McKimm also had a word for the Angels faithful, who showed their appreciation for the side despite the result and the driving rain that lashed down at Longmead all afternoon.

Tremendous again,” said McKimm. “When you get your fans standing behind and saying ‘unlucky’ and ‘well done’, they might not think it means a lot – but it does to me. And I relay that to the players and it does to them [too].”

Published Saturday 2nd October 2021