Margate manager Jay Saunders had to be patient as it took his side 86 minutes to break down a stubborn Bognor Regis outfit at Hartsdown Park on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking after the 1-0 victory, Saunders admitted Kadell Daniel’s strike was a moment to savour late in the game.
“It was a big relief as I thought we deserved the win first and foremost. We were excellent. Bognor are a really good side and I think we limited them to a handful of chances.
“We probably should have had a penalty in the first half for handball but it wasn’t given and I thought it might be one of those days. But at half time we said, we needed that one bit of quality and Kadell has come up with the goods again.”
Whilst The Gate produced a professional display, Saunders revealed it had been a rather challenging week dealing with suspensions and injury blows, which added extra satisfaction to the hard-fought three points.
“We’ve had a tough week, a lot of knocks and niggles and tried to get cover in but deals have fallen through, so it’s been frustrating but today has been really pleasing.”
Since taking over, Margate’s fortunes have changed and Saunders credited the new additions to the squad at HDP whilst saluting the efforts of longer-serving players.
“We have added quality in the right areas. I’ve had it thrown at us that we have spent fortunes but that is not the case at all. We are fortunate that Dover have helped us out with the connections I have got there and we have worked within the budget we have.
“We’ve had to let people go to get people in but I knew the players we were bringing in would bring real quality. If you look at our final third, we have the likes of Tobi and Noel – who whilst they’ve not scored today – are a real handful.”
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