Aldershot Town play their first away game of the 2021/22 Vanarama National League campaign against Boreham Wood this Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.
Hear what First-Team Manager Danny Searle had to say in full:
Q: Danny first away game of the new season, what are your thoughts ahead of the game?
“Yeah, it’s a great place to go. Fantastic pitch and they’ve started well obviously and as we mentioned before, we’ve got some really interesting fixtures for the first 10-11 games. So we’re excited for the challenge.
“The pitch will suit us and the way we want to play so we know what Boreham Wood will bring to the table, so we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Q: Our first game was at home against Chesterfield which unfortunately resulted in a 2-0 defeat, but it’s important to reflect and move onto the next game (against Boreham Wood), so how do you reflect on the game against Chesterfield?
“I said in the post-match, there were positives to take out of the game.
“Look did we create loads of chances and did they get away with one? I don’t think so, I think it was a very tight affair and over the course of the 90 minutes, if we’d have drawn the game, no-one could’ve argued.
“I think sometimes people misinterpret when you say you’re in the game.
“I think from our perspective, the level of the kind of aspirations that Chesterfield have got this season, I thought we gave a very good account of ourselves.
“But it was unfortunate that a game was going to be lost based on a decision that in my opinion and that of quite a few was wrong.
So it was really important we made sure the lads focused on the positives from the game and we built on that this week, in the hope we can take it into the Boreham Wood game.”
Q: Just a quick note on the injury front. Obviously George (Fowler) came off at half-time and Toby (Edser) had a bit of a tight muscle by the end of the game. How are they both doing and the boys who are recovering doing as well?
“Everyone’s on track so we’ve still got a little bit of work to do today.
“We haven’t left the training ground yet so still got to do a little bit of work today and fingers crossed that everyone who was available Saturday (against Chesterfield), should be available tomorrow.”
Q: With Boreham Wood, it sees us face our player from last season and Player of the Season from last season, Josh Rees, a bit of an interesting conversation to have there.
“He knows about us. He knows what we’re trying to do.
“A bit of different personnel this time and look it’d be good to see him but our full focus is on Boreham Wood as a side and not Josh Rees.”
Q: Last time we were there, it was just their fans that unfortunately saw us lose 3-2 in the last minute, so we’ll be looking to come back with a win this time around
“It’ll be good to have our supporters there but the bottom line for us is building what we did for about 65-70 minutes on Saturday and build on that. But obviously try and create more of a threat in the other penalty area.
“If we do that, we’re capable of beating anybody.”
Q: Finally on Boreham Wood, they come into the game with a 2-0 victory against Weymouth for them, so be going into this game with confidence
“Luke’s a very experienced manager for this level and always puts out very competitive teams.
“His recruitment’s good as well and I think from our perspective, you know what you’re going to get with them and you have to be at your best because if you’re not, they will do to anybody what they did to Weymouth.
“As we always say, they’re one of the teams who are tough and it is going to be a tough day at the office, but it’s a challenge that we’ll thrive on and look forward to it.”
Q: That’s something that you’ve spoken about is competing against these teams with no fear
“We shouldn’t have any fear.
“We’ve got very very good players in our building and are working extremely hard.
“Is that going to mean that we’re going to be able to win every game this season? Of course not, I don’t think any team will do that.
“Does it give us the optimism that we can go and compete with every team in this league? Then yes, I think it does.
“You’re always going to have bad days, bad days in the office and there’s always going to be decisions that go your way so the positive mantra around the squad that we back ourselves to go and win football matches, that will start with another game tomorrow.”