TUFC head coach Gary Owers was pleased with his side’s competitiveness in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Chelmsford City, but was left wanting more from his team as an attacking force.
“Defensively, excellent,” said Owers at his post match interview. “That’s a clean sheet away from home against a decent Chelmsford team is a good result.”
“In terms of an attacking threat there’s definitely more to come from us. We could have nicked it. I think on the balance of it, I think a draw, maybe, a fair result.”
Chelmsford City made the National League South play-offs last season, and they proved to be tough opposition in United’s opening match.
“Rod’s [Rod Stringer, Chelmsford City manager] got a good team there, there’ll be up there up there challenging. It’s always a difficult place to come. The conditions in terms of the heat made it difficult for the players and the pitch was a bit sticky.
“We’re going to be positive and look at that as a point gained away from home. Going in towards two home games now, we’re looking to build on that.”
Nine players made their competitive debuts for United against Chelmsford. Goalkeeper Shaun MacDonald was one of the nine.
“He done well, I said he was capable – he’s played the level above and I didn’t have any qualms about sticking him in there today. I’m pleased for him more than anyone that he’s got a clean sheet. I though Jean [Niate] was decent as well in the middle of the back three and generally we stood firm when we were under pressure.”
“Yeah, and that’ll be another difficult test. They’ll be looking forward to the trip down to Torquay and we’ll be ready and waiting for them.”
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