‘The profile of the club has never been higher’ – Brantham joint manager Carmichael
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Brantham Athletic’s joint manager, Matt Carmichael, was proud of his team on what was probably the biggest day in the Suffolk Club’s history.
“The team did us proud, against the unknown. We knew that they (Eastbourne) would be good, but we didn’t know what the void would be,” explained Carmichael, following the 1-0 home defeat to National League South side Eastbourne Borough.
“You look on the team-sheet, and you see names like Dean Cox and Sergio Torres – they are not just lads from the village, they are ex-pros and they have been competing at a high level for a long time.
“First and foremost, we set ourselves up to just be competitive. If we lost 5-0, but we left everything on the pitch, that would be fine, but as the game went on we felt that there actually wasn’t so much of a void.
“And with a little bit more composure in front of goal, we might have got something from the game.
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“We knew they would expect to beat us, so they’re going to go for it from the start because there is no fear from them, whereas against these tough teams we have to be a little bit cute and try to get ourselves into the game, to weather the storm. Luke (Avenell) made five terrific saves, but their keeper also made two good saves in the first half.
“They had one proper chance and they took it, and we are only disappointed that we have not scored.
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“Michael (Brothers) and I have massive faith in this squad. We will now try and harness that into the league.
“We may have got a draw today and gone down to Eastbourne and got absolutely battered. Who knows? But I think we did Suffolk proud today, and also the league.
“I think the (Thurlow Nunn) league has been well represented by us and a few other teams in the Cup this year.
“It’s been a great day for the club. There were a lot of youngsters here, and more than 250 people have come through the gate. The profile of the club has never been higher. It has been massive.
“It was great to see the FA Cup here. I have just lifted it, and I have to pinch myself having seen Eric Cantona hold this!” added Carmichael.