Brennan demands full focus from playoff-chasing Tudors

Tudors boss Dean Brennan is demanding that his side maintain their focus as they close in on a place in the National League South playoffs.

Monday, 18th April 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Monday, 18th April 2016, 3:05 pm
Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

Saturday’s win over Oxford City put Hemel three points clear of the chasing pack, with just two games left to play, but Brennan has warned his players that they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas.

“We have a four-goal advantage and a three-point advantage; we could lose 2-0 and someone else could win 3-0 and then it is back in somebody else’s hands,” he said.

“You can’t rest on your laurels in this business because if you stand still, the game will bite you on the backside. A week is a long time in football and anything can happen.

Graeme Montgomery was on target for Hemel against Oxford City. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

“We have to keep our discipline and keep working our socks off because it is our workrate, our determination, our heart and our spirit that has got us into the position that we are in.”

Brennan admitted that Hemel weren’t at their best on Saturday, but was thrilled to see his side add another three points to their tally.

He continued: “I was delighted with the result because I felt that Oxford played really well in the first half an hour and we had to change our formation, which paid off just before half-time”

“It’s all about winning games of football and that is all that matters at this stage of the season, and we were better in both boxes than them.

Morgan Ferrier broke the deadlock for Hemel against Oxford City. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

“We had two players go off injured in the first half and we still managed to go on and win the game, which shows real character, really good team spirit and really good togetherness.

“It shows that we are all in it together and the players are giving it everything because they have that never-say-die attitude.

“They never give in, they keep working hard, and that is all we ask of anyone who comes in.

“We are delighted with the position that we find ourselves in, but it can all swing very easily so you have to stay focused.”

Graeme Montgomery was on target for Hemel against Oxford City. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
Morgan Ferrier broke the deadlock for Hemel against Oxford City. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard