12:30PM, Tuesday 19 October 2021
Sam Barratt. Photo: Elise O’Brien
Alan Devonshire said Maidenhead United’s game against Hastings United was less about bringing a halt to their substandard run of form, but an opportunity to give the supporters – who have been on the side’s back – reassurance and confidence.
For weeks, Devonshire has been keenly feeling the pressure from the media and the Magpies’ faithful to get the team back to winning ways having not tasted victory in all competitions since August 28 (2-0 vs Dover Athletic).
Saturday’s result, however, will have certainly lifted some of the weight from the manager’s shoulders, and after the match he commended how his players showed exactly what they’re capable of at York Road.
“Listen, I’m pleased we’ve won for the fans today,” said Devonshire.
“We’re 10 games in and people have been quite critical, they've been on our backs. I’ve been finding it difficult to hear really – it’s a hard league we’re in.
“The boys are part-time, and these things can happen. We know we haven’t been right, and we haven’t got to be told. Right now, we need everyone behind us, and pulling in the right direction.
“We’ve won today, and we’re now in the first round. That’s in the bank so hopefully the draw will be kind for us and we get a League Two club at home. That’ll be something we can look forward to in a few weeks.
“In the meantime, we’ll be focused on the Woking game next Saturday and Wrexham on the Tuesday. We’ve got two home games now, so we’d love the crowd to just get behind us and push us on as much as they can.”
Devonshire and his coaching staff seemed to get everything right against the U’s with the Magpies capable of scoring more than the three they chalked up. However, at full-time, the boss was quick to deflect the praise.
“It ain’t about what I’ve done today, it’s about the players,” he added.
“The one thing I always say to them is ‘don’t let yourselves down’, and in a few games lately, we have let ourselves down.
“Today we did well. The players’ workrate was good – we worked hard without the ball and pressed. We will train hard this week now and look forward to the game on telly next weekend.
"I love this club and I just want us to do as well as we can."
There will be displays at Windsor Racecourse and Legoland, local fireworks in Burnham and Twyford and smaller displays at schools in the Royal Borough.