Date: 16th May 2015 at 7:51pm
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Manger Graham Westley has credited the effort of the players all season long following our play off semi final defeat to Southend.

Having found ourselves in the play off spots late on in the season it was a turn around in our form following relegation last year, and the club deserved to be where it was following their efforts this year, but having drawn the first leg, we just ran out of steam in the second leg as the game went to extra time at Roots Hall but Westley knew there was still plenty to be proud about.

Speaking to the Official Site following he match, the gaffer explained.

‘I think those lads, very similar to the Conference side that didn`t quite get there at Cambridge, they weren`t quite ready for it and they showed that in the tie but came back the following season and were champions.’

High hopes for the future then from him.

‘Experience probably in the end told, at the stages in the game when we got ourselves ahead, both at home and away, we didn`t have enough experience to get back on top of the game, to settle things down and show the composure and control to be able to step on. They did have the experience, they are a high quality squad and they brought high calibre players off the bench.’

With our season now over, hope was the watchword for the gaffer because he believes the development shown by the players this year, and the experience of the play offs will set them up for the seasons to come because he still knows there is more to come from the group.

‘I have said to them, they have come so far this year. They have progressed so far that the potential they have got is frightening. Hopefully this little run and play-off escapade with give them a little more confidence and confidence is the fuel of fulfilling your potential.’

With injuries more than hitting this year again, and playing their part in this game as we had Charlie Lee filling in at centre half, he went on to say that it was another credit to the players because they just kept on going despite it.

‘It has been very, very difficult for them. They have just got on with it. They have made the best of it; they have all played out of position to try and deal with it. They have all taken responsibility to score goals to try and deal with it. A fantastic effort from a wonderful group of young men.’

In wider press interviews following the game Westley also wouldn’t say if he would be departing this summer, just saying that the board have spoken about changes to move the club forward as of the time of his interviews, he hadn’t yet been offered a new deal and come the end of May his existing one expires.

‘The chairman and I spoke a couple of weeks ago and it’s conceivable I won’t get to work with these lads any longer. My contract runs out at the end of the month and it’s not been decided what’s going to happen there. But we’ll see how things pan out – it’s early days in that regard.’

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