"We played a lot better on Saturday than we did today, in the second half we put ourselves under immense pressure, when you don’t finish teams off like this. These are the type of team that you drop points against that cost you titles and cups, you just can’t afford to do it. As daft as it seems, the lads in the changing rooms felt like they’ve been beat, because the display wasn’t good enough for them. They set their standards and they didn’t stick to them today.
“I think that if we’d have put our chances away in the first half, we win the game. What more can I ask from them lads, tonight they put a shift in until the final whistle. The vital thing for us was to start well and we were saying this before the game. If we start well, with a high tempo and try to put the ball into areas they don’t like – into the channels for Danny (Earl).
On Saturday I thought it was a game of two halfs, we were up against a strong wind in first half and could have been three down early on.
But the lads showed great character in 2nd half and had chances to win it. All in all, it was a fair result and we’re looking forward to replay.
"Today was a very hard game, they always give us a tough match, a scrappy game, a hard game that you’ve got to win - to win titles and win cups. We looked very comfortable in the first 25 minutes then dropped off, which could have been the mentality side of things - the players thinking ‘we’re going to win this easily’. The sending off made things difficult, we had to drop off which meant they were pumping balls into the box, they have some good height in there so it was dangerous.
We started really slow in the first ten minutes of the game which wasn’t in our plan. We after gave away a very sloppy goal to a player we knew would be one of their dangerous players. I wasn't best pleased.
But the goal seemed to wake us up, we got straight back into game and turned it around with some great goals. I thought we dominated possession and played some great football at times.
Seaham tried to sit back and make it hard for us to break them down, their plan was to hit us on the counter attack but we defended really well.
It was a good 3 points to start our season, I was very pleased with the performance after the sluggish start.
The expectations of Marske United never change, every year that I have been here we want to do better than the last. I have a great management team around me with Wardy and Clarky, I have also added Liam Watson (keeper coach) and Dave Ryder (new kit lad).