‘Full credit must go to the players’ says Hemel Town boss Brennan

Hemel Town Manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Cameron Maclean - CM Photography
Hemel Town Manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Cameron Maclean - CM Photography
  • Game finished 1-1 at Vauxhall Road after late drama
  • New signing Ed Oshodi sent off for Hemel with scores locked at 0-0
  • High flying Bromley took the lead in stoppage time through Jamie Slabber
  • Hemel hit back immediately as Luke Allen pounced to earn a draw

Tudors manager Dean Brennan praised the ‘character and belief’ of his side after their gutsy late rally against high flying Bromley on Saturday.

Hemel looked dead and buried when Bromley took the lead in second half stoppage time, but they hit back immediately through substitute Luke Allen to salvage a point.

Full credit must go to the players – they showed tremendous character and belief

Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan

“Full credit must go to the players – they showed tremendous character and belief to equalise late in injury time with 10 men against a very defensive-minded team,” said Brennan.

“We defended the best we have for a long time, and we passed the ball well in stages.

“I felt we could have created a bit more but, saying that, we had some good chances on the day and a draw was probably a fair result.”

The Hemel boss was, however, left frustrated by a number of refereeing decisions which he felt went against his side throughout the game.

“I felt key moments in the game never went for us,” he said. “In the phase of play for Oshodi’s second yellow card, Bromley committed the same foul on Potton in the their penalty box. For some reason the referee ignored that foul.

“I have to be honest and say I don’t think we have had anything go our way with officials since the Wealdstone abandoned game when we were 3-0 up at half-time.

“For a passing, creative team we have been punished aplenty in recent weeks.”

Allen proved to be the hero for Hemel, and Brennan was full of praise for the young midfielder. He said: “We know what Luke can do, he has excellent attributes.

“He is another young player who made a big impact coming off the bench on Saturday and I was delighted to see him get the equaliser.

“It’s something myself and Luke have talked about; I have always felt Luke can be a Frank Lampard-type midfielder and, while out on loan, he scored six goals in 12 games.”