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Pemberton praises character of players

3 January 2019

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Caretaker-manager John Pemberton has praised the character of the players after seeing them come from behind three times to draw level in the last two games.

Ahead of Saturday's game at home to Ebbsfleet United, reflected on the draws against Hartlepool United and Solihull Moors.

He said: "I felt we could have won both in the end, which is really pleasing. It's getting the balance between trying not to concede and not being too negative.

"We need to win football matches. I'm not going out to try and draw any football match. Having said that, I don't want to be gung-ho and end up being on the back of something we really don't deserve. It's just a balancing act, really.

"The character in the performances has been great. The players have been unbelievably supportive to me. Whatever I've needed, they've been there and supported me. I can't ask any more than that."

Pemberton, who was asked to take temporary charge following Martin Allen's departure, is happy to fill in until a new manager is appointed.

"We'll keep doing what we're doing until we can sort the situation out," he said. "I'm hoping it just gives the club a bit more time to get the right person they need."

On the fitness front, Pemberton reported mixed news regarding Tom Denton and Alex Kiwomya, who have both been nursing knocks in recent weeks.

"Tom has trained this morning but I don't think Alex is going to make it," he admitted. "He came off after the (Solihull Moors) game and he was a little bit sore so we've got to be careful with him. He's very doubtful.  

"It was nice to see 'Dents' on the training ground this morning and we'll see how he is from the work he's done today."

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