Manager Dom Di Paola spoke with Matt Dale after yesterday’s match against Arundel and offered his thoughts on the match as Horsham battled back from 2-0 down at half time to snatch a point late on at Mill Road and preserve our unbeaten start in the league.
“We weren’t at our best to be honest; we were against the wind in the first half on a tricky pitch and conceded early from a good free-kick” Asked if he felt the free-kick was harsh on Charlie Farmer Di Paola replied “No, I didn’t think it was a free-kick in a million years but he’s scored from it and we have to deal with it, when you look at the goals they scored today – one from a free-kick and another which was speculative but apart from that I don’t think Gareth Williams had a save to make”
Despite his team showing character during the second half to lead a fightback Di Paola added “it was a similar story to the Hassocks game, they took the lead and then parked the bus and we threw the kitchen sink at them but fortunately we found a way through and we didn’t give up”
Quizzed if he felt the absence of Kieran Pamment, Darren Boswell and Ashley Jones who all missed the trip to Arundel would have made much of a difference to the performance Dom replied “Teams are raising their game against us because of who we are, so it’s going to be difficult especially with three key players missing. We’ll have games like this over the season, it’s a disappointing result but when their lad scores a sensational goal like that from 30 yards you know it’s going to be a tough game especially when their ‘keeper pulls off a superb save before that.”
Referring to the point black reflex save Arundel goalie James Fernandes made in the first half he added, “If we had equalised right then before they go and get their second then it’s a different game. I think we probably deserved all three points but at 2-0 down you gladly take a point and we learn from it and move on”
Di Paola however reserved praise for the merry band of supporters who took to travelling to the game by hiring a boat along the River Arun to get to the game simply commenting “Legends!”