Woking Manager Anthony Limbrick Praises Teams Attitude After 2-1 Win At AFC Fylde

ANTHONY LIMBRICK believed his side gave everything as they came from behind to beat AFC Fylde 2-1 in the Vanarama National League on Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Tunnicliffe gave the hosts an 18th minute lead at Mill Farm, but two goals in as many minutes from Joe Ward and a first goal for the club for Jamie Philpot gave the Cards all three points.

It was Woking’s second away win of the season, which moved them to sixth in the National League, a point off the leaders Sutton United, and Limbrick was pleased with the effort of his side.

He said: “It was a game of two halves, especially when you come away from home in this league, teams are going to put pressure on you.

“When you are 1-0 down it was a positive team talk at half-time because it really gave us a platform to play in the second half.

“I thought it was good for us to get back into the game, but once we got the first, it was really pleasing that we were aggressive and went and got the second as well.”

Limbrick’s youthful Woking side came up against windy conditions in the North for the first period, but the Cards’ boss was satisfied with how they adapted to the conditions.

“The set-pieces were tough to defend, Fylde were quiet physical and we matched up fairly well when you think of the amount of corners they had compared to the amount of chances they had.

“We haven’t conceded a set-piece for a while and we were disappointed, but it was a credit that we only came in 1-0 down and showed great character in the second half.

“We needed to get a little bit higher up the pitch and get on the front foot, I thought we’d do that with the wind, but we wanted to get our foot on the ball and play.”

Woking came out a different side in the second period, and within nine minutes of the interval, the turnaround was complete and the visitors had turned the game on its head, and Limbrick has sent out a warning message to the other teams in the league after this valiant victory.

He said: “They have to learn to adapt to conditions and stay in games and they’ve been passing their tests in the last couple of weeks.

“With this team, we’ve got quality in certain areas and if we can get the platform to display that, I think that’s why we’ve had success in the last few weeks.

“This team is starting to build and get together and there’s no doubt that they’re going to put in everything.”

Jason Banton didn’t start the game, but made an immediate impact when he came on, with his intricate play that ultimately led to the winner, and Limbrick explained why he made the change.

He said: “There’s no doubt to his qualities or performance levels, but I had a chat with Jason it the week, and he hasn’t played 3 games in a week in over a year so we had to be very careful with him. He came on and showed a great attitude and made a really important tackle which shows what he does for the team and we’ve got to look after our forwards.”

Next up for Woking is a return to the Laithwaite’s Community Stadium for the visit of Hartlepool United, who were relegated from the Football League last season, and the former Southampton coach is looking forward to it.

“We’ve won 5 out of 6 at home so to pick up these wins away they mean a lot, and mean a lot to the fans as well.

“It was great support from the ones that travelled up today, I don’t know how many there were but the noise they created was fantastic. Every three points matters to us and we got it for them.

“Hartlepool at home are games you want to play in, we cant wait to be back and hopefully they’ll be a big crowd there and we’ll be aggressive and on the front foot and try and take the game to them.”

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