“We’ll make sure there’s a buzz about us in training and do everything we can in order to get the points required on Saturday.”
Manager Iwan Williams
Hi Iwan, it seems to be a tale of two halves yet again at Latham Park after dominating the first, but falling short again in the second and allowing Newtown to stage a comeback?
Yes, that’s a fair reflection. We were good value in the first half and executed a game plan very well. We kept the ball well in the transition and looked comfortable. I’ve been highly critical of us of late but at Half Time for once the players deserved the praise they got. It’s so frustrating that less than three minutes into the second half we’ve let a forty yard diagonal ball beat us. We switched off and the striker has had time to bring the ball down and get his shot off. We have to learn from these type of mistakes. The third goal was again an individual error where we left a slot vacant and weren’t street wise enough to stop the quick free kick. I can’t fault the players’ efforts though as we kept going until the very end and with a bit of luck and quality we may have got something out of the game which I believe we deserved. It’s all ifs and buts though.
What can you do to help ensure the team start to see out the games when we’re on top? Or is it something the team need to find within themselves?
I believe it’s a bit of both. This is Llandudno FC’s third season at this level now and we still look like we’re still learning. The first season was a free hit and no expectations and because of the fact we’ve experienced Europe the expectations are high. The players have to learn how to deal with pressure and adversity. Mental strength in the Welsh Premier League is massive and if you can’t find it within yourselves to dig in and get over the line then you’re at a loss. I can do all the coaching in the world and pass on as much detail as possible but the players have to deal with adversity themselves, and when things go against us it just seems it’s too easy to give in rather than roll your sleeves up. That may sound harsh but I explained to the players after the game on Saturday that unless I’m honest with my views, we will not learn. The buck stops with me though so I’ve been thinking of ways to improve things myself this week, which has personally been quite a difficult process but you have to remain upbeat.
Saturday was a day marred by the sad news of Tony Healy’s passing, so it’s only fitting that we keep the faith and look at the positives in his honour, starting with Jay Gibbs performance which earned him a brace for his first goals in a Llandudno shirt?
First and foremost I was devastated to hear of Tony’s passing. He was a man who put a smile on everyone’s faces and loved every single player who donned the black and white shirt. I’ve known him a while given my affiliation with the club in previous years and to hear the news was a blow. My thoughts go out to his family at such a difficult time.
Jay has really settled in since coming on board and one thing he will give you is fight and quality. He still lacks match sharpness though but that is normal given he’s only played two games in eight weeks. I was really pleased he got his two goals and the more Jay plays the stronger he will finish the season.
We also have 4 games to go to keep trying to put things right and get those 3 points, starting with Aberystwyth Town who sit one place below us in the league table on Saturday back at The Giant Hospitality Stadium. Similarly to Newtown it is often a tight affair, and the fixture has thrown some great thrills in the past, but I’m sure you’d settle for a boring affair and attempt to snatch a winner at this point?
Yes, win ugly would please me more than a convincing win at the moment. Confidence is low but it’s hard to put your finger on why because the morale’ in training is very good. It’s vital that we now dust ourselves down and re-group. We will prepare immaculately for the game against Aberystwyth and do everything we can in order to get a positive performance and some points on the board. We have four games to go and the players need to perform rather than let the season see itself out because there is still a lot for them to play for.
You’ve mentioned your eagerness to secure our status first and foremost in the JD Welsh Premier League, and although not necessarily a nice target for fans to hear, considering the season and the transition period that’s occurred since you came in, it is of course vital to helping to plan for the future for both the club and yourself for the next few years?
Yes most definitely. When I came in there was a sense of stagnation so we tried to freshen things up however we could. It’s vital we secure our place in the JD Welsh Premier League as soon as possible for a number of reasons. Yes in order for me to start planning but also for the club as a whole. The Academy is an important cog of the club and the funding that the Academy receives at this level is crucial for its continued development. The players also need to secure our place so they can remain with their own personal Welsh Premier status. The quicker we do it the better so we can then build for next season. It’s been a difficult period for me and not the best football for the fans to see, however if we secure our place in this league then I’ll repay them with their faith throughout this transition period next season.
Hopefully we can achieve what we want to on Saturday against one of our fellow Seasiders, are you heading in to the fixture as it stands with a full complement of players barring the long term injuries to Ryan Edwards and Mike Williams?
Yes we are thankfully. I was gutted to lose both Ryan and Mike. Ryan’s trickery and creativity would have been vital for us and also Mike’s leadership qualities would have been instrumental in helping us get over the line. Again we will prepare well this week. We’ll make sure there’s a buzz about us in training and do everything we can in order to get the points required on Saturday.
Saturday 31st March
Updated 12:32 - 27 Mar 2018 by Sam Williams
Llandudno vs Aberystwyth
2.30pm Kick Off