Boro Player spoke to manager Gary Smith after his side drew 1-1 with Carlisle United on Saturday and he had mixed feelings about the result.
“You always want to open your account with a win, especially at home” he began, “it bodes well and gives everyone confidence but if you can’t win you don’t want to lose and to be honest we were staring down the barrel of that with a few minutes to go.”
He felt that the game showed all of the signs of an opening game and said a lot of what he saw was expected.
“Both teams showed the sort of endeavour that you might expect on the opening game of the season, the vast majority of it was played in the middle third. It was extremely difficult for all of the players on this sunny and hot day. When you go behind it’s not what you want and with not long to go everybody breathed a sigh of relief when Robin [Shroot] prodded home a terrific strike from Lucas [Akins].”
Boro very nearly came out of the game with nothing to show for their hard work, a result that the manager felt would have been very unfair.
“We didn’t deserve [to lose] but nevertheless you don’t always get what you deserve in this life and you’ve got to make sure that somehow some way you carve open that moment when things haven’t quite gone according to plan.”
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