Ford bides his time to make the difference

Banbury United keeper Jack Harding had an early let-off against Merthyr Town

Banbury United keeper Jack Harding had an early let-off against Merthyr Town

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Banbury United boss Mike Ford was full of praise for Jack Self following his last-gasp equaliser on Tuesday.

Self’s first goal for the club salvaged a point against Merthyr Town in Tuesday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash and Ford said: “I’m so pleased for Jack [Self]. He’s got a great attitude and it’s important players like him stay with the club.”

We’ve not had to deal with these situations very often and all of a sudden we’re up against a team who were better than us

Puritans boss Mike Ford

But Ford admitted his players had been given a lesson in the first half by the Welsh side and wasn’t sure how they would respond in the second half. Ford and his coaching staff took plenty of time before going back into the dressing room at halftime.

He explained: “We went back to what we have always been used to here, 4-4-2. But we struggled as a team and some individuals were not at their best in the first half.

“We spent a lot of time out on the pitch before we came in because we had to get it right for the second half. I spoke to the players at halftime but I wasn’t sure that I had got the message across to them.

“We’ve not had to deal with these situations very often and all of sudden we’re up against a team that were better than us. It looked as though we were a team who were waiting to get beat and I was determined that wasn’t going to happen.

“They gave us a lesson in the first half but I’m pleased with the way we changed things around. We learned very quickly in the second half, we kept the ball better and we ended up getting a point.”