Luchford: ‘One of my toughest weeks in football’

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BELEAGUERED Horsham boss Justin Luchford has spoken about what he says has been one of his toughest weeks in football.

Having seen his side bow out of the FA Cup last Tuesday, things didn’t get any easier for the Hornets on Saturday as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Concord Rangers.

A first half brace from Tony Stokes and a second half Harry Elmes goal handed Horsham their seventh straight league defeat.

Luchford was at least happy with the effort shown by his side, but on the back of a week which saw him reluctantly release goalkeeper Matt Armstrong-Ford amidst pressure and discontentment on the fans’ forum the manager was clearly drained after the match.

He said: “It’s been a very tough week. I’ve been in football for a long time but this week has been up there with the toughest, letting a 21 year old keeper who’s got every attribute to go and play at the highest level and letting him go was a very hard conversation.

“Then obviously with the fans’ reaction Tuesday night which I thought was personally unfair, we battered them and we lost because of goalkeeping errors.

“I’ve never been in this position before. I’m learning a little bit and I took stock this week and batted a few things back to the fans with my statement and I just felt that the lads needed to see I’m going to stay strong, I’m not going to let people just come and abuse us and our performances. If there’s some rollockings I’ll do that as a manager but the buck stops with me.”

Horsham did come close to scoring in an even first half, Dane Luchford missing by a fraction with an improvised bicycle kick, but Luchford acknowledged ‘weak defending’ proved costly.