Abbo hails Seal strike and team performance

Hinckley AFC Manager Carl Abbott hailed Ryan Seal’s goal from the centre circle as ‘unbelievable’.
Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Pershore Town yesterday, the former Wolves Casuals boss praised his captain’s ability to execute the strike, and his vision to have seen it in the first place.
“It was in the air, and I just said ‘it’s going to go in!’
“It’s one thing seeing a picture and picking that the goalkeeper’s off his line, but the way he executed it makes it a wonderful goal. It was a great moment, and one to savour.”
Seal’s opening goal took most of the plaudits but it was a good team performance from Hinckley, who moved the ball well throughout and stretched their visitors’ defence regularly.
And Abbott says his side must keep on improving after “not looking fluent” in their start to the season.
“We looked good today, we looked lively across the pitch and moved the ball well to provide some good entertainment and a good win.
“We’re still looking for our way a little bit this season. We’ve played well without looking particularly fluent in our system, but maybe we’ve hit on something which worked for us today.
“It was a good display, and we move on now.”
One minor frustration for Hinckley, though, was the lapse in concentration that gifted Pershore a late consolation.
It means AFC still haven’t kept a clean sheet this season, but Abbott is confident that a shutout is not far away.
“We’ve had a lapse of concentration at the end and we let them in for a cheap goal, which on the balance of play they never really looked like getting.
“But we aren’t going to get hung up on it. We were so dominant that a mistake like that just crept in but we will stamp it out.
“We look so much better with Jamal Clarke and Ryan Paddock together (Hinckley’s centre back pairing), but Jamal’s making his way back to full fitness.
“Does that happen if Jamal’s on the pitch for 90 minutes? I don’t think it does.
“But I’ve said from the first week of the season that our clean sheets will come when we can establish that partnership. That’s starting to happen now, so we’ll see going forward.”
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