This week I caught up with Eastbourne Borough boss Danny Bloor after his side’s FA Cup tie with Blackpool and a league game against Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night:
TK: How pleased were you with the players performance on Sunday?
DB: I thought they were a credit to the club and themselves against a Blackpool side who I am sure will be pushing for promotion to the Championship under Neil Critchley and Colin Calderwood.
TK: For you yourself, the experience of pitting your tactics against Football League opposition must have been something you relished doing?
DB: 100%! It was a great experience and something the whole management enjoyed throughout the afternoon.
TK: Had the early Greg Luer effort gone in, how much of a different game would that have made it?
DB: Who knows, chances are missed or not taken in every game so difficult to judge how much of an impact it would have had.
TK: Turning attention to Tuesday just 48 hours after the cup exit, was it beneficial to play so quickly after Sunday, almost with no time to reflect on the result?
DB: We were all really concerned about playing one of the favourites for the league in Ebbsfleet so soon after the cup game, especially as they hadn’t played a competitive game for ten days. We felt both physically and mentally that it could have been hard, however we asked the boys to dig deep and we were extremely pleased to get a much deserved point from the game.
TK: It looked like it took a little while for the players to get tuned into the game as Ebbsfleet hit the ground running.
DB: I’m not sure I agree with that, we had our game plan and I felt it worked perfectly, it was obvious Ebbsfleet would have been fresher than us with the extra rest.
TK: It’s still very early in the season in terms of games played, are you quite pleased with how results have gone so far?
DB: We are delighted so far, we have lost only one league in six played and have picked up eleven points, the solitary defeat coming against Dorking Wanderers who I’m sure will go very close to winning the league with the squad Marc White has assembled.
TK: Are you hopeful that in the not too distant future we finally see some movement on getting fans back into Priory Lane?
DB: Let’s hope so, we need them, they need us.