Devonshire hails "brilliant" players as Braintree go fifth

Devonshire hails

Devonshire hails "brilliant" players as Braintree go fifth

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Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire thought his players were “brilliant” as they secured a 2-1 win against Nuneaton Town to move into the Skrill Premier play-off positions.

Just 48 hours after their win at Welling, the Iron’s players put in another sterling performance to outclass a side that had been sitting fifth in the table before the game.

Braintree were on the front foot from the first whistle and their win moved them up from 11th to fifth ahead of three long trips away from home in six days.

Such was their dominance against Nuneaton, that the visitors only had one serious effort on the Braintree goal, while the only criticism that could be levelled at the Iron was that they didn’t make more of the many chances they created.

Devonshire said: “We should have won it a bit easier really.

“They had one shot in the game, which was their goal, while we had so many chances, but I can’t knock my team after that game.

“I thought they were brilliant.

“The energy of them and the way we passed the ball and moved it, we should have won four or five one maybe.

“I’m delighted for them.”

Braintree’s opening goal came after some great work down the right by James Mulley as his low cross was turned into his own goal by Theo Streete in the eighth minute.

It was 2-0 ten minutes later when Dan Holman showed great pace and power to break clear and even greater composure to bury the ball as the Iron took a stranglehold on the game.

That grip was rarely loosened but some hesitancy in the home defence did allow David Hibbert to nip in and get a goal back for Nuneaton, but the Iron were soon back on top and saw out the game comfortably.

Devonshire added: “We’ve gone into fifth against all the odds, so let’s see what we can do now.

“It’s all credit to the players.

“They have stood firm against everything.

“The performance against Nuneaton and the performance on Tuesday (at Welling) have been great and it’s all credit to them.”

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12:01am Fri 28 Mar 14

Ozzie says...

I have been following the mighty 'Iron' this season and so refreshing and resilient from a set up at Braintree built on hard graft, commitment and determination to overcome unbelievable odds. They are superb! I really hope that Braintree get into the play-offs and then they could potentially earn a place in the football league. What a real achievement. Having followed the U's dismal and inconsistent form this season, it is great to see that Braintree really do try hard to play good, entertaining football.Good luck, Braintree! You can do it!
I have been following the mighty 'Iron' this season and so refreshing and resilient from a set up at Braintree built on hard graft, commitment and determination to overcome unbelievable odds. They are superb! I really hope that Braintree get into the play-offs and then they could potentially earn a place in the football league. What a real achievement. Having followed the U's dismal and inconsistent form this season, it is great to see that Braintree really do try hard to play good, entertaining football.Good luck, Braintree! You can do it! Ozzie
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8:50am Fri 28 Mar 14

crazy comments says...

Dan Holman far to good for this league. Don't tell me Mr Dunne there is no local talent about. One for the future.
Dan Holman far to good for this league. Don't tell me Mr Dunne there is no local talent about. One for the future. crazy comments
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9:26am Fri 28 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

crazy comments wrote:
Dan Holman far to good for this league. Don't tell me Mr Dunne there is no local talent about. One for the future.
Exactly Crazy, there are better strikers in and around the leagues that would make Morrison look average, although he does a good job of that himself. But if you sit on your backside how will you know?, Dunne should take the whole squad to a Braintree game so that they can see what work rate and commitment for 90 minutes really are!
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: Dan Holman far to good for this league. Don't tell me Mr Dunne there is no local talent about. One for the future.[/p][/quote]Exactly Crazy, there are better strikers in and around the leagues that would make Morrison look average, although he does a good job of that himself. But if you sit on your backside how will you know?, Dunne should take the whole squad to a Braintree game so that they can see what work rate and commitment for 90 minutes really are! totallyfootball
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11:17am Fri 28 Mar 14

seikothrill says...

crazy comments wrote:
Dan Holman far to good for this league. Don't tell me Mr Dunne there is no local talent about. One for the future.
The only problem is the wages these non players receive which on top of their full time job wages is far in excess of what CUFC could afford.

If players want to take a pay cut then being a pro footballer with CUFC could be an option.

Money has taken over football and it will soon end in tears at all levels
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: Dan Holman far to good for this league. Don't tell me Mr Dunne there is no local talent about. One for the future.[/p][/quote]The only problem is the wages these non players receive which on top of their full time job wages is far in excess of what CUFC could afford. If players want to take a pay cut then being a pro footballer with CUFC could be an option. Money has taken over football and it will soon end in tears at all levels seikothrill
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11:30am Fri 28 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

seikothrill wrote:
crazy comments wrote:
Dan Holman far to good for this league. Don't tell me Mr Dunne there is no local talent about. One for the future.
The only problem is the wages these non players receive which on top of their full time job wages is far in excess of what CUFC could afford.

If players want to take a pay cut then being a pro footballer with CUFC could be an option.

Money has taken over football and it will soon end in tears at all levels
They are not on fortunes at Braintree, but they could be Football League next year, don't think they will be part time then?
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: Dan Holman far to good for this league. Don't tell me Mr Dunne there is no local talent about. One for the future.[/p][/quote]The only problem is the wages these non players receive which on top of their full time job wages is far in excess of what CUFC could afford. If players want to take a pay cut then being a pro footballer with CUFC could be an option. Money has taken over football and it will soon end in tears at all levels[/p][/quote]They are not on fortunes at Braintree, but they could be Football League next year, don't think they will be part time then? totallyfootball
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