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Danny Robinson aims for Hungerford Town to bounce back after Tonbridge Angels defeat

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Hungerford Town manager Danny Robinson has challenged his squad to ‘put things right’ after they suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Tonbridge Angels in the National League South.

The Crusaders took the lead through Jake Evans just before half-time, but Louis McGrory received his marching orders in the second half after picking up two yellow cards and the game was turned on its head.

Tonbridge made the extra-man advantage count as two late Tommy Wood goals handed them a much-needed win.

Jake Evans scored for Hungerford away at Tonbridge
Jake Evans scored for Hungerford away at Tonbridge

“It was frustrating because when it was 11 against 11 there wasn’t much in it,” admitted Robinson. “Tonbridge had a lot of the Hungerford possession, but we created some good chances.

“[Ryan] Seager has hit the bar, Sol [Wanjau-Smith] had a one-on-one and we got the goal just before half-time.

“The second-half started well and I thought we were the better side before the sending off.

“As soon as that happened, the tide changed and at times we couldn’t get out of our penalty box.”

Despite not being able to secure a second successive league victory, Robinson praised the opposition who failed to give up.

“I have to give full credit to Tonbridge because as soon as the red card came, they kept coming at us and unfortunately we couldn’t hold onto the lead.

“I have no issues with the two yellow cards that led to the sending off and I have to say fair play to Tonbridge.”

Hungerford are on the road once more this weekend as they travel to Eastbourne Borough and Robinson sees it as the perfect chance to return to winning ways.

“This league, like any other, always gives you opportunities to put things right. Eastbourne had a fantastic result away at Oxford City and they’re a very good side.

“Last season we got no way near them when we played away and we know what is in front of us because it will be a tough game.”

With games coming thick and fast over the next few weeks, the Hungerford boss will turn to his whole squad.

“I feel like the squad is extremely strong and everyone will be tested to the max over the next two to three weeks.

“It is why we do it, it’s why we have a strong squad and hopefully we can put some more points on the board.”

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