“We will bounce back no doubt. We've got some very big games on the horizon. Obviously at the beginning of the New Year there's a massive Vase game. If we do well in that then we can kick on from there. ”
As 2017 comes to an end we caught up with Chichester City manager Miles Rutherford to talk about the loss to local rivals Pagham on Boxing Day and his hopes for the New Year.
What are your thoughts about the Boxing Day game?
The Pagham game was very disappointing. Obviously to lose 5-0 in a local derby is difficult to take. It's not often you get beaten like that. It's not something that's happened personally to me before.
But I'm prepared to deal with it. I've got things out of the players this year and the year before. I'm as happy as I can be, all things considered. We've done well in the Vase again.
We've got to give credit to Pagham on the day. We were as bad as I've seen in all my time at the club. Sometimes you've got to accept that the players are going to have one bad game I suppose, but collectively it doesn't happen like that where you get all eleven players playing poorly in one game.
Hopefully it's a one-off. If it's not, then we've got serious problems. If Pagham play like that and acquit themselves like that all season then they'll be challenging for the league.
Sometimes you've got to take it on the chin and look at what's happening around you.
We're doing ok this year. We've lost really poor games though, including Pagham. We've got a good squad but I'm struggling to think of one player that could take any pride out of what he gave us on Boxing Day. in the two years I've been at Chichester this hasn't happened before. I know it's hurting the players as much as it's hurting me but fair play to Pagham. We'll see where we are at the end of the season. At the end of the day there's not much between us and Pagham and a few teams around us in terms of points. Haywards Heath have got a little gap but hopefully we'll be up there at the end of the year.
The Pagham loss was the first home defeat of the season. Oaklands Park has been a real fortress for you. Obviously you're playing Lancing in the last game of 2017. What are your hopes for 2018 looking forward to the rest of the season?
I'd love us to go on a little run now until the end of the season and pick up as many wins as we can. That's something that goes without saying. We've been really good at home this year.
As I said though, sometimes you've got to accept that players are going to have an off day but it's not often that all eleven let you down. They did against Pagham. They know that. I've told them so as well. Hopefully we'll pick ourselves up from today.
We will bounce back no doubt. We've got some very big games on the horizon. Obviously at the beginning of the New Year there's a massive Vase game. If we do well in that then a lot of things will be forgotten and we can kick on from there.
Updated 18:11 - 31 Dec 2017 by Ian Worden