‘Even with nine men we were tremendous’

Gary Charman refused to come down too hard on Tony Nwachukwu or Billy Medlock for their sendings off in a 2-1 loss at Sittingbourne on Saturday, instead focusing on the ‘phenomenal’ display from the nine left on the field.

With manager Simon Colbran ill, Charman took charge of the side in a match he felt they only lost because of the numerical disadvantage.

He said: “Without a shadow of a doubt the two red cards changed things on Saturday. We were very much in control of the game, 1-0 up and far superior and playing some really good stuff.

“The first sending off halfway through the first half stopped us in our tracks for a while. Even so we still looked comfortable but Billy Medlock’s red card made things very hard for the last 45 minutes.”

On Nwachukwu’s red just over midway through the first half he said: “He’s been kicked in the air three or four times by the same player and then Tony saw red. He’s got to realise that will happen a lot because he’s such a talented player, but he’s a young lad and he held his hands up, the main thing is he learns from it.”

Medlock was then dismissed for a rash challenge after the break and Charman said: “He did let his mates down because you can’t do silly things when you’re on a yellow but he did apologise to me.”

But he added: “The nine who stayed on the pitch and the subs were tremendous, they never gave up and it was one of our best performances.

“If we’d kept 11 on the pitch there’s no way we would have lost the game, the work-rate was phenomenal.”