EDWIN Stein was full of praise for his players despite Banbury United’s 3-1 defeat in Tuesday’s Evo-Stik League Southern clash at Spencer Stadium.
United found themselves 3-0 down early in the second half through goals from James Hatch, Chris Dillon and Drew Roberts but still put up a great performance before pulling a goal back through substitute Nabil Shariff.
Stein said: “We’ll play a lot worse than that and win but to be honest I’m a bit disappointed with the result because I thought we played some excellent football.
“We got caught out a couple of times in the first half and gave them the third goal after the break but Nathan Abbey was in outstanding form for them. If we’d have been a more ruthless in the box I think we could have won it.
“Even at 2-0 down I thought we could still get something out of it in the second half. The third goal sealed it but what a great bunch of players I’ve got here, they never gave up in the second half and we continued to create chances but we couldn’t get a goal back early enough.
“If you take the stats out of the game you will see that we had about 80 per cent possession but their keeper has had blinder.
“I’ve know Nathan [Abbey] for a very long time and I’m sure he didn’t want to give me anything! But I’m very proud of the way they played and I’m sure the supporters could see that as well.” More on United in this week’s Banbury Guardian.