Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interiew for BBC Somerset, after his side had drawn 1-1 against Colchester United on Monday 22nd April 2019.
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CS: Neale so close to win today. Your side gave everything. How do you assess that one?
NM: Definitely, I thought from the first minute to the last minute, we gave everything. I thought with the red card we lost our rhythm a bit. I said to the boys just now, they should have kept that rhythm going and keep going forward. We did serve up some half chances after our goal, but we didn't really have a forceful one at the end.
CS: They kept going. Did you always think that you'd need that second goal to settle things down a bit?
NM: Yes, that was a bit nervy still. It's obvious that when you're down at the bottom it's not easy. But I saw a different character today, and in the last couple of weeks. It started last week and kicked in a bit. But I was proud of them today, and I thought they did well.
CS: The fans responded to that, because it was a great atmosphere around the ground today.
NM: Absolutely. I can't praise them enough. Thanks a lot for the support.
CS: Jake Gray, back in the side again, did exactly what you expected of him, I guess.
NM: I think he's rewarded himself. I think he did very well today.
CS: Their goalkeeper sent off. No complaints as he just seemed to take a wild swing at Tristan Abrahams.
NM: I think Tristan was celebrating obviously, because it was the first time we'd scored a goal in a long time! I thought he ran past him. I didn't see it actually (the incident), but I just saw him on the deck.
CS: The key moment at 1-0 was the Tom James free kick. Their keeper made an excellent save. If that had gone in, you probably do go on to win it.
NM: Yes, we needed the second goal. The double one-two with Tristan Abrahams, Courtney Duffus and Alex Dobre, that was actually on his left and I think if he'd (Alex Dobre) pulled it to the far stick then I think that would have gone in.
CS: So it's as you were. You keep saying to me after the games it's as you were. The other two have drawn. It's an excellent performance from your team, and if you can play like that in the last two games, it must leave you full of heart.
NM: Absolutely. I think we'd be that forceful again. We'll give them the day off tomorrow and be back in on Wednesday, travel up on the Friday and stay in Northampton. I think there's a lot of hope now.
CS: I've got to mention central midfield. Sessi D'Almeida and Alex Pattison were the two really driving you forward today.
NM: Absolutely. You've got to remember those guys have been injured for quite a long time. It takes time for them to get that rhythm again. We expect them to come back from an injury and for it to happen straight away and it doesn't. It takes a number of weeks for them to get match fit. I just think they're getting there now.
CS: That's what you want to see. The message to your players will be replicate that in the last two games.
NM: Yes absolutely. I feel sorry for Rhys Browne because I thought he made a massive effect on the right hand side. We knew it would be a risk, but I didn't realise it would be that bad a risk that it could go again. So that's a massive loss for us, but we can fill that space.
CS: So Rhys Browne's season is over with that hamstring. Is there hope for Ryan Seager in the last couple of games?
NM: Well I thought the boys played well at times. The decision to play Alex Dobre up front worked quite well. He's still a bit too hectic and loses unnecessary balls sometimes, but he was far more forceful going forward. On the left hand side I think we restrict him a bit, because he has to defend a lot. I thought he played quite freely today.
CS: Just finally there's something I've got to ask you about, and I don't know if you've seen it. On social media there's reports that your players were out drinking at the weekend. Can you just put that to bed, because I'm sure like lots of people you'll be fed up with things on social media.
NM: I just think the sourness is not right. If they really want to know, we trained in the afternoon. We didn't train in the morning. I didn't see anyone who was out. I was out, because it was my birthday.
CS: Happy Birthday to you!
NM: But I don't think that it's a group of players that would do that anyway. I think the way that they were running today, there was no-one out. If someone puts that onto social media, I don't know what the grounds are behind it, or what's the reason. If they want to know when we train, we train in the afternoon. We did an hour only. We had to get a sweat on, and I can't imagine from that group of players that anyone was out.
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