Horsham boss hits back at critics

JPCT 18-08-12 S12330522X  FOOTBALL: Horsham v Corinthian-Casuals at Gorings Mead. Simon Colbran -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 18-08-12 S12330522X FOOTBALL: Horsham v Corinthian-Casuals at Gorings Mead. Simon Colbran -photo by Steve Cobb

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Hornets boss Simon Colbran has hit back at the fans who have aimed a volley of criticism at the side in the wake of Saturday’s FA Cup defeat.

Following Horsham’s 2-1 defeat to Thurrock a number of supporters took to the fans’ forum to criticise the goals Horsham conceded, with some questioning the comittment and quality of the team. But Colbran replied: “Being knocked out of the FA Cup by a team a league higher, who were playing Conference South football last year, and only just being knocked out at, I can’t understand why there’s been this reaction to be honest.

“It came down to a couple of errors from experienced players. People have complained they were there for the taking, but if that’s the case then we’re doing something right. I want us to win as much as anybody but we have to be realistic. We are only ten games into the season and we’ve done OK, made a bit of money from the FA Cup, but I think some people expected us to get to the First Round.

“I’d say 98 per cent of fans back us, and the support I’ve had from the chairman and the Board has been brilliant, so it’s just the small majority of people who don’t seem to understand our situation.”

Colbran was also criticised for berating the officials, but he said had he sat silently in the dugout he would have been accused of not caring.

Youngsters Harry Smith and Jamie Ampleford were again the bright sparks, but Colbran insisted some of the experienced members of the squad needed to “buck up their ideas” if they wished to remain Horsham players.