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Pep talk got the Rocks firing

Robbie Blake revealed a half-time pep talk fired up Bognor in their 1-1 draw against Kingstonian last Saturday.


The Rocks trailed to a 28th-minute Tom Kavanagh penalty conceded by Doug Tuck in a desperate attempt to prevent the visitors scoring after keeper Amadou Tangara had been robbed outside of his box.


But the Rocks were vastly improved in the second half and flowing move down the right wing ended with Dan Smith taking Doug Tuck’s pass and firing home via a post.


Rocks had chances to win the game after the break, Bradley Lethbridge having a header saved and then his follow up cleared by a covering defender in an entertaining clash.


Tangara made a number of good saves at the other end as the Ks backed up Bognor manager Jack Pearce’s claims made in The Post last week that they are one of the best sides in BetVictor Premier despite their modest position.


First team coach Blake said: “It was a game of two halves.


“We were the very poor in the first half, although you have to credit the opposition who are a very good footballing team and in a false position.


“But myself and Jack told the players at half-time that it wasn’t good enough and they have to play on the front foot.


“We needed a little bit more aggression in the second half, in the right way, and I felt we did that. I felt we controlled the second half. As the game got stretched we scored the equaliser but we were also a little gung-ho in trying to get the winner and you need to make sure your backline is sorted out as well.


“We are pleased with the point in the end even though we were at home and wanted the three. The second half was pleasing though, as I felt we dominated a team that is very good.”


Although disappointed with the mistake for the goal, Blake said: “It was the wrong decision, and he knows he shouldn’t do that, but he made two or three great saves before that.”

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