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"It's all starting to come together for us" says Port boss Dennis Annear
Porthleven boss Dennis Annear hailed his side's 5-1 thrashing of Truro City Reserves at Gala Parc as their “best performance of the season,” before adding that he felt there was more to come from his players.
Port were in scintillating form, sweeping Anthony Reynolds’s team aside with almost casual ease, and in doing so ending the visitors’ five game unbeaten run.
The result may have shocked many outside observers given that Porthleven were without a league win since October, but not Annear.
The Port boss, back in goal after a period on the sidelines with a hip injury, said in the build up to the game that he felt his side were capable of causing an upset.
“I have to be honest, before the game I thought we were going to win. I thought if we could start well and get playing a bit I was confident we could do something, and that’s exactly what we did," he said.
“Perhaps the scoreline flattered us a little bit, but we were worthy winners. Everything clicked, and now they know they can do it.
“I think the boys needed that little confidence booster. We hadn’t won in so long, and you start to think about it a bit.”
Annear added that he was particularly pleased with the performances of striker Christian Blango and midfielder Thomas Hawkin, who scored two goals apiece as Truro were put to the sword.
“Christian was a bit disappointed after the Bodmin game. So for him to get a couple on Saturday, it’s given him a big confidence boost.
“He's new to the club and just starting to get to know some of the other lads, but you could see what it meant to him. He ran into the crowd after he scored his first, and they were loving it too. I was really pleased for him.”
Annear’s aim this season is a mid-table finish, but as his young side continue to improve he admits he may struggle to keep them together beyond April.
Sons Jordan and Tom Annear have already attracted the attention of several premier division clubs, with Newquay making a formal approach for Tom.
“They've not spoken to him yet,” Annear said, “but I've said to him that he has to try and play at the highest level he possibly can. I would never stand in the way of a player who wanted to step up a level.
“But although it's the league above - and I mean no disrespect to Newquay when I say this - I'm not sure they’re the Newquay of old.
“I think if young players like Tom are going to make the step up it should be to clubs in the top half of the table.
“But it's always a worry for us, losing young players. I think a lot of sides are realising now that youth's the way forward, and obviously we’re a young side.
“That’s why it's so important for us to build a little clique here and keep the morale up.”
After Saturday, morale will be the least of Annear’s worries.
Porthleven return to league action on the 25th when they travel to Sticker, and Annear is understandably confident.
“On our day we play some of the best football in the league,” he said.
“It’s one game at a time, but we know what we want and where we’re going.
“It’s all starting to come together for us.”
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