The thoughts of Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson after the 3-3 draw at Albion Sports.
A show of courage and an attitude of never giving up, self-belief collectively and individually, and a great togetherness to fight for every ball, to win every tackle, every header and chase all lost causes.
To put it into perspective we are on our last legs, not one player is 100% because of niggling injuries, we only had three subs, including a goalkeeper, all three are injured. We couldn’t get any reserves as they had other commitments or couldn’t get transport to the meeting points.
We started with three teenagers up front who had lots of pace and energy against a very big, strong, experienced team. Unfortunately it all went pear-shaped with the sending off of Jamie Reeson.
We then went 2-0 behind and at half time we tried to tell them to keep believing and human nature tells you when you are 2-0 up and playing against 10 men, some players feel they can take it easy and we have to exploit this.
Unfortunately when the third goal went in our body language had gone. As a manager you look for some kind of spark, how you can change it. We put Wayne Aziz on in midfield and we started to keep the ball better.
Albion seemed to relax and we got a goal back, then they had a player sent off and we were pushing them further and further back and putting them under intense pressure. Joel Ramm had an unbelievable last 20 minutes where he influenced the game and drove us forward.