CHELMSFORD City manager, Rod Stringer, was satisfied with his charges after they recorded a comfortable 3-1 National League South derby victory over struggling Bishop’s Stortford at the Prokit UK Stadium.
Stringer spent four and a half years with Stortford before taking the reins at the Melbourne Stadium during the summer, and he agreed that it was a classy performance that saw his current side see off his former employers for the second time over the festive period: “I think it was a classy performance, he said. “We were as good today as we were on Boxing Day. It has been harder today because of the conditions. The opposition got slightly tougher in the week. We can only beat what is in front of us and I thought we did that well.
“To see us go to 3-1 after they had levelled the score gave us a fair bit of a cushion because it meant they were going to have to score another three to beat us and they are finding goals hard to come by anyway.
“We kept on at our players, we made sure they knew that they needed to be focused. My players don’t get complacent. It is my job to tell them what I expect and the level that I want. They know not to dip under that because anything less could see us possibly dropping points.”
“We have done our job and been very professional. We’ve got plenty of pace around the park, fullbacks and wide players that can hurt teams, hard working and creative midfielders and centre forwards that are putting the ball in the back of the net. We are just a little bit disappointed that we haven't kept a clean sheet today.”
Once again, Stringer praised the huge Clarets travelling support, adding: “The supporters were brilliant, I can’t fault them. We must have brought about four hundred here today. I know it’s not far down the road but it is a funny time of year to come out and watch football when you’ve got family commitments.
“If we can keep playing like we did today, there is no reason why people wouldn’t want to come and watch us because we are entertaining.
Stringer was pleased with the way his side refused to buckle after Aaron Greene had levelled the contest: “It was a good reaction. It was a great strike from Greeney to be fair. We had to look at that and say ‘OK, game on.’
"It was good in a way. It livened the game up. I think if we’d gone 2-0 ahead it might have gone a little bit flat. Today, people have come away from here and have seen a good game of football.
"Nevertheless, credit to our boys. We had to keep going and show what we can do. That’s what we did. We have shown encouragement throughout the season when at times we have needed to work harder and claw things back.
“Today we never had to claw it back but we certainly had to concentrate and try to get that goal again. At 3-1 I felt comfortable. I’m a little bit disappointed that we haven't scored any goals in the second half. I thought their goalkeeper pulled off some great saves, coupled with some luckless finishing from us. But perhaps that’s me being greedy.
“I’m very happy with six points out of the last two games. That puts us in the play-offs. Next week we pick up and go again.”
The Clarets chief was also hopeful that his former club could find some form in a bid to avoid relegation, saying: “Hopefully, Stortford can find some winning formula and stay up, because that to me would be pleasing to see.
“I’ve got some really good friends here. It’s a club I spent four and a half years at. Deep down I’ve got a very soft spot for them. I wish them all the best, hopefully, they may be able to pull it around.”
Updated 07:59 - 2 Jan 2017 by Brian Jeeves