HUGO LANGTON has challenged his Horsham players to reproduce the same fighting spirit they showed at Canvey Island on Saturday in every game until the end of the season.
Horsham went down 1-0 to a controversial 93rd minute goal to register their 15th league defeat of the season but it was a much-improved performance from recent weeks to leave Langton encouraged.
He said: “I can’t change the result, but what I can say is performance wise, it was amazing compared to what we’ve seen recently. Today we went out and showed heart, desire, passion, which is what they’ve got to do.
The work-rate was phenomenal and we’ve had a go. We’ve had some great chances, and on another day we tuck them away. To be fair I don’t think Michael (Hunter) had a lot to do. He saved a free kick first-half but the rest was all routine stuff. If anything their keeper’s been the busier of the two in terms of keeping them in the game.”
Horsham enjoyed the better chances first-half, the best of which saw home keeper James Russell produce a fine double save to keep out Calum Dunne.
The visitors had more of a defensive job to do after the break, but looked comfortable throughout until, in the final minute of added time Danny Heale slotted in after appearing to handle the ball.
The Horsham team included two new faces at the back, Gareth Sanashee and Liam Flanigan who both impressed, along with assistant manager Craig Wilkins who was making his first appearance.
“I’ve been very hard on a lot of the players all week, very hard, and now I’m going to praise them because they’ve earned the praise.
“I thought Craig Wilkins was superb, I thought Gareth Sanashee was outstanding, I thought Liam Flanigan was outstanding, and so was Yinka, the back four was fantastic. If they keep showing that level of commitment then the rest will follow.
“Now they have to keep doing that every week. You can’t earn the right to do anything without hard work, which in my opinion quite often outdoes ability.
“We now need to fight tooth and nail for everything as if our life depends on it, and that’s what we did today.”
Langton also announced that Craig Davies had been released by the club and that he was on the look out for another striker to replace him.