Manager Tony Pennock was left with a variety of emotions after a frantic finale resulted in the Bluebirds leaving Cyncoed Campus with a point after a 1-1 draw with Cardiff Metropolitan on Tuesday night.
The Bluebirds had taken the lead through Kai Whitmore’s penalty, before Lewis Rees levelled matters with just two minutes of normal time remaining. The Archers were then awarded a penalty of their own in stoppage time, but goalkeeper Ifan Knott denied Rees from the spot to ensure County took a deserved point home with them.
Here’s what the manager had to say after the game:
On the result…
“I would have taken it before the game, but 87 minutes into the game, 1-0 up away from home, you have to defend for your lives. We did that for the vast periods of the game, Met are a good side, but we just shoot ourselves in the foot when we get into a good position.
“It’s the first time we’ve scored the first goal all season, we gave ourselves something to hold on to and we just couldn’t hold on to it. Thankfully our keeper saved a penalty, even after we conceded, so we have to take the point and move on.”
On the emotions after the game…
“Extremely frustrated. I have been for nine games. I’m just frustrated because I know what’s in that dressing room. But at the minute, they just can’t keep their concentration levels for longer than the short periods of the game, and it’s not the same person every week, they’re all doing it at times, and we have to find a way of getting out of this rut. But it’s a point away from home, and I certainly would have taken that before the game.”