Gary McCann said Hampton and Richmond dug deep to win against Concord Rangers

By Joe Acklam

25th Oct 2022 | Football


"There is no question that they had to find another level"- Gary McCann. Photo: Katie Chann.
"There is no question that they had to find another level"- Gary McCann. Photo: Katie Chann.

Gary McCann felt that the desire his team showed to bounce back from FA Cup heartbreak was very impressive as they returned to winning ways against Concord Rangers. 

Ben Shroll, Tommy Block, and Dean Inman all got on the scoresheet as Hampton convincingly beat Concord three-nil. 

McCann was pleased with how his players found resolve from within themselves to overcome any lingering fatigue from Tuesday. 

Speaking to club media, he said: "We had to dig deep for it, I could see in the first 20 minutes to half hour there were some tired legs out there. 

"A three-nil win on the back of the working week that we have just had speaks volumes of this group of players. 

"There is no question that they had to find another level and find a level that it concerned me that for a few it wasn't going to present itself. 

"There were some bodies out there that had put in a big, big effort in the last week and when you mentally get challenged like we have in the last week with the disappointment of Tuesday that can sap you energy-wise. 

"To win this game three-nil and get a clean sheet is really a fitting tribute to where this squad is and where they are capable of getting to." 

Saturday was also a heroic return to the starting 11 for Dean Inman and McCann was very pleased with how we faired in his return to the team. 

He said: "It is really pleasing to have Dean [Inman] back, he was chomping at the bit last week, but we have had so many good performances in there from players that have played there recently that we didn't feel it was right to make those changes. 

"Dean has come in today and shown what he is capable of, he has got himself a goal and an assist and a clean sheet as well, which is more important than anything. 

"He leads by example and he leaves everything out on the pitch, but we have got a group of players that really fall in with that blueprint and it is pleasing to have him back out on the pitch. 

"Luis Fernandez has had a really tough time; he was one of my marquee signings that I definitely felt was going to be a big player for us this year. 

"But then he broke down in pre-season and he has been fighting it and he has done everything in his power to get himself fit and I am really pleased for Mark and I am really pleased for him that he got back out on the pitch." 

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