As 1st team manager Barnett suns himself in Australia, his side were running out to face what could have been their toughest test so far this season. A home fixture against Kidlington would be challenging even with Barnett to guide them through.
Seemingly, however, there was nothing to worry about. Caretaker manager Sam Tyack has clearly got the dressing room on side and was able to mastermind a 5-0 victory and probably, more noteworthy, a fantastic performance from all involved.
Blustery conditions could have made the game a dogged battle in a bog, although both sides were clearly trying to play with the ball on the floor. The 1st half saw a Lee Brooks brace and a sending off for the visitors. Surely game over?
It was. The second half ended up being a rout as Lee Brooks completed his hat trick, Joe Jarvis slammed in a smashing strike and Ben Shurmer rounding off a man of the match performace with a well taken 1st time finish.
So 5-0 home win, nothing to worry about with the manager away! We were able to catch up with Tyack at monday nights training session to gather his thoughts about the coming weeks in the absense of the manager.
Sam.. Thanks for joining us. You've taken charge of the team on a couple of occasions this season. Currently in those fixtures, you are yet to concede a goal and average 5 goals a game. Is there a secret to getting these performances out of the lads?
*laughs* No I don't think so, we have been pretty solid all season and have looked like scoring in most games. I am keen on creating an environment where the squad enjoy their football and are free to express themselves. There is also a big focus on ensuring each individual knows what is expected from them in a particular fixture and that certainly helps focus the mind defensively.
Well it's obviosuly working! Ben Shurmer returned to the side on Saturday, looking a different player before being voted as man of the match. Did you have any influence in his performance?
Ben and I get on very well and I know how he likes to play. I had a chat with Ben before the game and just asked him to win us the game. Everyone knows what he is capable of and my job was just to get him believing again. He's had a rest over the last few games and it was about channeling the frustration and negativity into that performance. The real pay off will be if we see that every week.
Saturdays Visitors, Kidlington were reduced to 10 men with a straight red card after a tackle on Harry Peters. Is he ok and did you feel it was a red?
Harry is fine. He was head butted at full pelt about 5 minutes before by the same player and the ref only had a chat. Then he went over the top of the ball and could have hurt Beano on another day. Nobody likes to see players sent off but I think, overall, after those two challenges he was rightly removed from the field.
So after a 10-0 win, a 5-0 win and a 0-0 draw can we expect a clean sheet and goal fest from you next week.
*Smirks* I hope so!
You take on Oxford City Nomads who are top of the league and have a goal difference of +62. How do you plan to come away wit a positive result? Can we expect the same line up next week?
They've had a fantastic start and will be a difficult side to beat on their 3G surface. I don't think we can expect the same team as we have a big squad and each game offers different challenges and, therefore, warrants a different solution. We'll be well researched and will focus on how to win the game this week. I've got a few ideas!!
Quickly, Sam before you go.... Joe Jarvis scored a fantastic goal on saturday. Has that always been in the locker?
*Screws his face up* Firstly, I think it was heavily deflected, so i'm unsure even if Jarv can claim that. Secondly and painfully, Yes! That has always been in the locker. The technique displayed for the goal was great. He nearly notched moments earlier with a free kick but as long as he doesn't score more than me were all good!
Well we will see how they get on this saturday as Rangers travel to Oxford City Nomads. KO 3pm.